FIAF, in partnership with the Jan de Vaal Fund, invites film historians to submit proposals for thematic chapters as part of a forthcoming book on the 82-year history of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), both as an institution and as a coherent global community with its shared values, cultural missions, professional practices, scientific methods, and collaborative projects. The European Foundation Joris Ivens is an associate of FIAF since 2002 and André Stufkens is participating as co-editor of the book, together with Ch ...
The international documentary filmfestival in Lisbon, 'Doc Lisboa', presents a special programme on labour, called 'A Body of Work'. A rather neglected subject in mainstream cinema, because film was exactly ment to escape from the factory, from watching the world of labour and of workers. As part of this programme from 22 October to 3 November the film A Family, a Woman (1976) by Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens is on-line available.
75 years ago, on 17 August 1945, Indonesia declared its independence as a nation. In support of the young republic Joris Ivens filmed in October and November 1945 the boycot actions of maritime workers (the Black Armada) from various nationalities in the harbour of Sydney: Indonesia Calling. On August 26th 2020 the Indonesian ambassador opened in the National Maritime Museum of Australia, situated on Sydney's waterfront, an on-line exhibition about the relationship between Austra ...
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.
On Friday 23 October a film crew of Chinese broadcasting (CCTV-9) shoot some footage in Nijmegen for a four-part series on Joris Ivens and China. Prof. Zhang Tong Dao from Beijing University Beida, teacher as well as filmmaker, is the director. Each episode will focus on one of the Chinese films Ivens made between 1938-1988. Dutch filmmaker René Seegers, who made Joris Ivens Old Friend of the Chinese People in 2008, assisted this film crew during the shooting.
Documents and photos from the collectio ...
On 30 and 31 October a delegation from Quang Tri province (central Vietnam) visited the city of Nijmegen, at the invitation of the municipality of Nijmegen, The Economic Board and the European Foundation Joris Ivens. Ms. Ngo Thi Hoa, ambassador of Vietnam in The Hague, attended the meetings. In Quang Tri the Ben Hai River is situated on the 17th parallel, where Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens in 1967 shot the long documentary Le 17e parallele. The delegation was headed by mr. Hoang Nam, the vice-president of the Peoples C ...
Matera in the Italian region of Basilicata is this year’s European Capital of Culture. The exhibition ‘Visione Unica’ of the design group Formafantasma includes Joris Ivens’ documentary l’ Italia Non è un Paese Povero (1960) as part of a visual archive about the very rich patrimony of this region. The last decades Matera shows a remarkable switch from poor and subordinated region towards a spectacular cultural pinnacle, praised by UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund and used by many famous ...
On 16 November at IDFA Amsterdam the documentary Marceline. A Woman. A Century made by German director Cordelia Dvorak will be premiered. This portrait of the strong-minded filmmaker Marceline Loridan-Ivens (1928-2018) and fourth wife of Joris Ivens, saw its final editing two days before she passed away. In this film we see Marceline serving her guests coffee or vodka in her Paris apartment at the rue des Saints Peres.
At the occasion of the 120th birthday of Joris Ivens and the 50th anniversary of the debut of the film The 17th Parallel, The People’s War (Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens, 1968) the VietNam Film Institute in collaboration with the European Foundation Joris Ivens are organizing an international Ivens-seminar in Hanoi on 22-24 November. Renowned (film) scholars from Vietnam, Canada, USA, Australia, Indonesia, China and The Netherlands will provide an impulse to the Ivens Studies around the world. Former Vietnamese co ...
On Monday May 28th the VietNam Film Institute presented a new documentary film about Ivens in VietNam at the occassion of a ceremony in Nijmegen celebrating 50 years of solidarity between Nijmegen and VietNam. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of VietNam in The Hague, Mr. Hubert Bruls, mayor of Nijmegen, and activists from the 1960s and 70s supporting VietNam, attended this meeting. The theme 'Looking back for a better future' was illustrated with specialists presenting innovative technologies from Nijmegen in nowadays projects in Viet ...
The DEFA Foundation in Berlin released a new German DVD with Ivens-films in conjunction with the book Günter Jordan published about these films. DEFA already had launched a DVD with Song of the Rivers in and now presents The Wind Rose, Friendship Will Win and The Peace Cycle Tour Warsaw-Berlin-Prague 1952.
The long awaited book (in German) about Ivens and his East-German films, written by thé specialist in this field, Günter Jordan, has been published by the DEFA Foundation. This beautiful book describes in 680 pages the triumph in the 1950’s, the condemnation at the end of the 1960’s when Ivens became persona non grata in the GDR, until the resurrection of Ivens’ DEFA-films.
Prof. Ariel Heryanto from Monash University in Melbourne lectured about Joris Ivens and Indonesia Calling in Djakarta. In his vivid presentation in Bahasa Indonesia (also a version with English subtitles is available) he discussed the tensed relationships between Indonesia, Australia and The Netherlands both back then and now. The opening sequence of Ivens' film showing an Australian society with diversity could be a model for their relationships. Since 22 October, when this film made by Jakarticus, was put on-line then thous ...
What are the greatest documentaries ever made? The international film magazine Sight&Sound publishes in the September issue 2014 a poll of 340 critics and filmmakers in the search for authoritative answers. In this list a remarkable number of 11 Ivens’films were voted.
FIAF, in partnership with the Jan de Vaal Fund, invites film historians to submit proposals for thematic chapters as part of a forthcoming book on the 82-year history of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), both as an institution and as a coherent global community with its shared values, cultural missions, professional practices, scientific methods, and collaborative projects. The European Foundation Joris Ivens is an associate of FIAF since 2002 and André Stufkens is participating as co-editor of the book, together with Christophe Dupin.
Over the last few years, the FIAF Historical Archive (consisting mainly of a wealth of written documents, photographs, and audio recordings) preserved at the FIAF Secretariat in Brussels has been painstakingly sorted, boxed, catalogued, partly digitized, and made accessible on the FIAF website, while more archival papers are still being acquired. This development has already encouraged or made possible the study of various aspects of the history of the film heritage field and of the film archive movement, of which FIAF has been at the centre since the 1930s.At the same time, the history of the Federation so far has not yet been the subject of a single comprehensively study (especially in English). Existing texts only cover specific aspects of that history, or present an out-of-date perspective, or are only available in other languages. The time therefore seems ripe to envisage such a project.
In 2017, Tineke de Vaal agreed to donate the FIAF-related archival papers of her late husband Jan de Vaal, founder and first director of the Nederlands Filmmuseum (today Eye Filmmuseum) and one of the great FIAF figures for nearly half a century, to the FIAF Historical Archive. Shortly afterwards, having been impressed by the work done by the FIAF Secretariat to preserve its archival documents and document FIAF's history, she announced her intention to donate a significant amount of money to the Federation for the specific purpose of researching and publishing a history of the Federation: a project which she thought should be managed by FIAF, under the leadership of FIAF's Senior Administrator, himself a historian of the film archive movement. The Jan de Vaal Fund was founded on 12 November 2018, to help fulfil the aim of facilitating the exchange and production of knowledge about the history of FIAF, thus honouring her late husband's memory.The FIAF History Project was established in 2019 as a result of this generous donation. A scientific committee, consisting of several FIAF Honorary Members, friends of Jan de Vaal, and historians of the film archive movement, was constituted, and held its first meeting in Lisbon in September 2019 to further define the project and its possible outcomes. It soon became clear to all that a comprehensive book on the history of the Federation should be the Project's number-one priority. Christophe Dupin (representing FIAF) and André Stufkens (representing the Jan de Vaal Fund) were nominated as co-editors of the proposed book.
Proposed scope and structure of the book
The proposed book, to be published by FIAF, will be an edited collection of texts by serious (but not necessarily 'established' historians on all aspects of the history of FIAF and of its role in the development of the global film heritage field. It should be the result of scholarly research using all possible archival evidence in the FIAF Historical Archive in Brussels and elsewhere.What the book is not intended to be is a collection of interviews with, or personal recollections by, people who have played an active part in that history (for those, we have our separate FIAF Oral History Project). Nor should it be a book of anecdotes. However, if we are keen to publish a book of academic stature, with a core readership of film historians and archivists, we think it should also be of interest to the non-academic reader with an interest in the topics it contains. We sincerely hope that it can therefore be scholarly but at the same time accessible, richly illustrated, and well produced.It is proposed that the book will be divided into two parts:
1- An extensive introductory text, by FIAF historian Christophe Dupin, will provide a general narrative of the history of the Federation, highlight key debates, events, projects, and institutional developments, and describe the broad evolution of its global network.
2- A collection of shorter thematic contributions by individual experts on specific aspects of FIAF's history. Possible areas of study include (but are not absolutely limited to):
- The history of FIAF as an organization (for instance, the evolution of its statutory and regulatory texts; histories of the specialized Commissions, etc.).
- Quantitative and qualitative study of the FIAF network and its evolution; typology of FIAF-affiliated institutions over time (cinematheques; national, regional, or university film archives; film museums; etc).
- The history of collective FIAF-led projects (for instance, FIAF's unified silent film catalogues; the Periodicals Indexing Project; the Film Pool; the FIAF Summer Schools; etc.), or important FIAF publications.
- The study of key events or periods (for instance, FIAF in World War II; the 1960 'schism' with Henri Langlois; the significance of the 1978 Brighton Congress; etc.).
- The relationship between FIAF and other organizations and associations (for instance, UNESCO; regional groups; other audiovisual archiving associations; etc.).
- The impact of the wider context (political, cultural, technological, etc) on FIAF as an institution and a community (for instance, FIAF and the Cold War; FIAF's political neutrality; the digital revolution; etc).
- The human side of FIAF's history (for instance, the respective roles of key personalities or of different generations of FIAF leaders; women in FIAF's history; etc).
How to submit a proposal