Recently a citizen from Montpellier travelled 1200 kilometres to visit the Joris Ivens Archives in order to find his biological father. There are many reasons why people around the world consult the Ivens collection, but this is a very special and personal one. He wanted to look for his father, which he has never known and met, in Ivens’ documentary Peace Will Win (1951)

Read more: Looking for my father in an Ivens film

The Indonesian Diaspora Network Victoria is organizing an exhibition in the Immigration Museum in Melbourne about the international solidarity movement in Australia after the Proclamation of Indonesia's Independence, that united the communities of Indonesians, together with the local Australians, Indians and Chinese that we should celebrate. One of the activities during the weekend of 27-29th of May is the film screening of Indonesia Calling (1946) directed by Joris Ivens, which explores the refusal of seamen and waterside workers to man Dutch ships containing arms and ammunition for attack on Indonesia.

Read more: When Merdeka Came to Australia

Why The Netherlands has so may outstanding painters and documentary filmmakers? German film historian Thomas Tode attempts – following previous authors - to provide an answer in a recent article. According to Tode it was Joris Ivens who was leading the way in depicting the elements of nature, like the famous Dutch Light, the wind or water in all its guises: rivers, rain and clouds.

Read more: Joris Ivens and Dutch Light

After years of preparations and research, professor Zhang Tongdao (University of Beijing) and Dutch filmmaker René Seegers finalized their four-part television series about Joris Ivens. In each part of 50 minutes one of Ivens’s Chinese films is key: 1- The 400 Million (1938); 2- Before Spring (1958); 3- How Yukong Moved the Mountains (1976) and 4- A Tale of the Wind (1988).

Read more: Ivens Meets China

In 1951 Joris Ivens met Pablo Picasso during a visit to his atelier in Vaucluses. Marion Michelle made a series of photos of them, together with poet Jacques Prévert, which are on display at the exhibition about 'Picasso: Shared and Divided' in Museum Ludwig, Cologne (25 September 2021-30 January 2022). After the Second World War Picasso was 'a hero of the left' and used in this way. His dove, symbol for world peace, became a tool for propaganda in the Eastern Bloc. What do we as­so­ci­ate with Pab­lo Pi­cas­so today? And what as­so­ci­a­tions with him did the divided Ger­man peo­ple have in mind dur­ing the post-war years, when he was at the height of his fame?

Read more: Picasso Shared and Divided: The Artist and His Image in East and West Germany

Dr. Liang Luo (University of Kentucky and board member of the European Foundation Joris Ivens) opens on 3 September the conference ‘Diverse destinations / Destinos diversos. Travel and Cultural Diplomacy in the Mid-Twentieth Century’’ organized by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with her talk ‘From Paris, Beijing, to Santiago: Joris Ivens and the Poetics and Politics of the Travel Essay Film’. Mrs. Tiziana Panizza will comment Dr. Liang Luo’s Keynote, she is associate professor of the Instituto de la Comunicación e Imagen de la Universidad de Chile an dpublished the book Ivens and Chile.

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. 

Read more: Project of a Book on the History of FIAF

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.

Read more: Doc Lisboa Film Festival presents 'A Family, a Woman'

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