Arthur Locke/ Chang, former Secretary of the Chinese Seamen's Union and actor in the 1946 film Indonesia Calling! passed away on 15th of January.  On the film still of this page we see Arthur delivering a fiery address to a crowd of seamen in Sydney in 1945 in support of Indonesia Merdeka / Independent Indonesia. This was the only sequence of Indonesia Calling! with sound registration.

Read more: Arthur Locke/Chang 1922-2016

What do water, snow and rain sound like? In the Sculpture Park ‘Waldfrieden’ in Wuppertal compositions of Berio, Debussy, Ligeti and Eisler will be performed with the theme of water. The documentary Rain (Regen, 1929) of Joris Ivens and Mannus Franken will be screened twice: once silent and once with life music. 

Read more: Rain in Wuppertal

The Dutch Art Istitute presents on Sunday October 18th a roaming assembly at Showroom in Arnhem about contemporary artists reflecting on history through the revolutionary lens of art and cinema. With André Stufkens, and artists from Australia (Vivian Ziherl, Tom Nicholson), from The Netherlands (Wendelien van Oldenborgh) and Indonesia (Farid Rakun).

Read more: From Indonesia Calling to Lab Laba-Laba

This month October Ivens’ films will be presented during major documentary festivals in Japan and the Czech Republic. Also the new created Bertha DocHouse in London will screen an Ivensfilm in their programme.

Read more: Ivens' films in Yamagata, Jihlava and London

The Black Armada (Armada Hitam) opening at the Museum Benteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta on 31 August with the permanent screening of Ivens' Indonesia Calling showed decorations, traditional dancers, prayers, speeches, a sumptuous feast, and to top it all off, an explosion-packed historical re-enactment of a battle by Indonesian freedom fighters. Film and exhibition commemorate the Australian support of the fight for independence of the Republic of Indonesia 70 years ago.

Read more: Indonesia Calling in Yogyakarta

On 20 August Mr. H.E. Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, Indonesian Ambassador in Canberra, Australia, will open the exhibition ‘Black Armada / Armada Hitam’ at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney. It is about the support of the fight of independence of the young Republic of Indonesia by black banning Dutch ships in the harbour of Sydney, as presented in Ivens’ film Indonesia Calling (1946). On 31 August the Indonesian and Australian Ambassador will open the Indonesian version of this exhibition at the Benteng Independence Museum in Yogyakarta.

Read more: Sydney and Yogyakarta honor Indonesia Calling!

Joris Ivens' first wife, photographer Germaine Krull (1897-1985), made pioneering photos during the 1920's and 1930's. In the Parisian museum Jeu de paume an overview of her photographic oeuvre is exhibited until 27 September. Curator Michel Frizot attempts to shed a new light on the influence of Krull: she is the most important photojournalist in between wars publishing at least ten photo books and many innovative press articles with a new lay out and use of photos in magazines.

Read more: Germaine Krull: A Photographer's Journey in Jeu de paume, Paris

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

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