A rare, unique icon of documentary film: Joris Ivens’ Song of the Rivers (Lied der Ströme, 1954) is published on DVD by Absolut Medien in Berlin and can be ordered on-line. This landmark in compilation film was seen by 250 Million people at the time, but the opportunity to see the film nowadays is scarce. Ralf Schenk, director of the DEFA Foundation in Berlin and board member of the Ivens Foundation decided to publish this fresco about the labour movement on the river banks of six major rivers at the same moment as Günter Jordans book on Ivens will be published (November 2015).

Read more: Song of the Rivers released on DVD

He is doing it again: Günter Jordan, film historian, filmmaker and author of major works about East-German film history wrote another solid book of 700 pages, focussing on Ivens’ German films in the 1950’s. Probably the less researched period of Ivens’ film career. His book ‘Unbekannter Ivens. Triumph, Verdammnis, Auferstehung 1948–1989’ has been commissioned by the DEFA Stiftung and will be published in November.

Read more: 'The Unknown Ivens', a new book in Germany announced

The Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen is presenting eleven art works, created by Titus Nolte, based on ten Republican soldiers as shown in Ivens' The Spanish Earth. The unica, aluminium panels with silk-screen printed and painted images, were commissioned by the museum at the occassion of the first big exhibition of the museum in 1999: 'Passages. Joris Ivens and the art of this century'. The artist granted the 11 art works to the museum, which will be on exhibit until 4 October 2015.


Read more: Eleven warriors The Spanish Earth in art

In Buenos Aires in the recently restored film room Sala Leopoldos Lugones 13 films of Ivens will be screened in the digital filmversions as restored by the Ivens Foundation. 

Read more: Ivens retrospective in Argentina at NL/FILMFEST

On 1 November 2014 the new Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opens with her first photographic survey exhibition 'Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century'  Among the outstanding photographers Germaine Krull, Joris Ivens’ first wife, of which a complete wall with 48 pages is showcased from her photo book ‘Métal’ (1928). This pioneering book  include many photos of The Bridge, shot during the filming of Ivens’s The Bridge.

Read more: Photos Germaine Krull of The Bridge in Rijksmuseum

Lawyer Jean Fonteyne, passionate amateur filmmaker, made two documentaries about the miners strike in the Borinage at the beginning of the 1930’s. He also shot unique footage of Joris Ivens and his Belgian colleague Henri Storck filming their documentary Borinage (1934). On local television (TéléMB Mons Borinage) a grandson of Fonteyne, Jean Lemaitre, tells about the importance of Fonteyne. Thanks to this also excerpts with this unique footage can be seen on-line.   

Read more: Unique footage of Ivens filming Borinage

The fictionalized stories about The Spanish Earth are piling up. Another novel about Ivens’ documentary on the Spanish Civil War was published by British author James Kellen: ´Hemingway´s Spanish Earth´. The storyline follows the days of shooting and editing, from 27 February 1937 until 8 July 1937.

Read more: Hemingway´s Spanish Earth

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.

Read more: Poll Greatest Documentaries Ever: 11 Ivens' films

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