On Thursday 16th of January H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, conferred the Order of Friendship posthumously to Joris Ivens. Mrs. Annemiek Nooteboom received the Friendship Medal on behalf of the Ivens-family. She gave the medal and certificate to the European Foundation Joris Ivens to keep and treasure it forever in the archives.
It was the idea of the ambassador of Vietnam to organise this ceremony in her embassy in The Hague. The MC of the programme,. mrs. Bui Thi Nhan Loc, welcomed the 70 attendants, family members of Ivens, ambassadors of various countries, diplomats, friends, members of the anti-war movement, of the Medical Committee Netherlands Vietnam, filmmakers and others. In her opening speech the ambassador Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa stressed the importance of Ivens' friendship during the harsh years of war, when Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens entered the war zone at the 17th parallel. The former Dutch ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Gerben de Jong, underlined the danger both filmmakers went through and used in his speech some quotations of Ivens himself. André Stufkens gave an overview of Ivens career and presented new facts about Ivens relationship with Vietnam since 1945, based on source material. Conferring this medal to Joris Ivens was in fact an initiative of Vietnamese citizen themselves who attended the International Joris Ivens Symposium in Hanoi in November 2018. He thanked the Vietnamese governement, the ambasador and Vietnamese Union of Friendship Organisations (VUNO).on behalf of the board and showed his gratitude towards Ad Spijkers, Nhan Loc and the colleagues of the Vietnam Film Institute for the fruitful partnership.
Mr. Ad Spijkers, former FAO-UN official and adviser of the Ivens Foundation, compared the situation of Vietnam in the 1960s, when the anti-war movement started their campaigns with the current situation of the country. Nowadays 70 percent of the Vietnamese are born after 1975 and the role of the youth has to be highlighted for the next generation and the generations thereafter. Vietnam managed from a food shortage in the '70s to become second rice exporter in the world late '80's. The country is now an important player in South East Asia, a role reinforced by economic resilience, young population, strategic location, stability and active international cooperation. Since 2012, Vietnam is a middle-income country.
After the screening of Joris Ivens and the Wind of Vietnam Mrs. Annemiek Nooteboom received the Friendship Medal and the cetrificate of the Order of Friendship from the ambassador. In her vivid word of thanks she told some family anecdotes about a young Ivens which showed how clever he already was at an early age.
After the screening of the short reportage Rencontre avec le président Ho Chi Minh the reception started..
Vietnamese television VTV4 presented the news in their Vietnamese as well as English newsbulletin:
Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Former Ambassador, Mr. Gerben de Jong, during his speech.
Mrs. Annemiek Nooteboom and Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa.
Mr. Ad Spijkers, Mrs.. Annemiek Nooteboom, Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Mrs Bui Thi Nhan Loc and Mr. André Stufkens