The son of documentary filmmaker Leo Hurwitz created a beautiful website about the films of his father. Most of his unique social documentaries are available on-line now and proof their current value. Joris Ivens used excerpts from Hurwitz’ films in at least four of his documentaries, like the wellknown and shocking ‘looting & shooting’ sequence of policemen against steelworkers on strike in 1993 in Ambridge. https://leohurwitz.com/
On Friday 7 February students at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf will see historical footage, films, documentaries and interviews, with among others Regen/Rain (Joris Ivens/Mannus Franken, 1929). Teacher and filmmaker Claudia von Alemann will show her own work and discuss the films of others. The Academy of visual arts at Düsseldorf was itself the filmset of 'Werk ohne Autor' (Never Look Away; Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2018).
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.
The Vietnamese government honors Joris Ivens posthumously by conferring the Friendship Medal. This award will be presented on Thursday afternoon 16th of January by H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at the embassy in The Hague. A family member of Joris Ivens, Annemiek Nooteboom, will receive the medal on behalf of the family.
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.
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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 ...
The NDR-Radiophilharmonie will perform 'Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain' by German composer Hanns Eisler, together with the projection of Ivens' film Regen (1929, Rain) in the Sprengel-Museum in Hannover on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October 2019.
Recently two new books were published in Vietnam about Joris Ivens. The first one describes the life and career of Joris Ivens as a filmmaker with a special focus on Vietnam, the second book is the result of the International Joris Ivens Symposium, held in Hanoi in November 2018. All lectures of Vietnamese filmmakers and friends/assistents of Ivens as well as international film scholars are included.
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.
Name curator: Lucas Murari
Name artist: João Silvério Trevisan
Title of the work you have chosen: Contestação
English title: Rebellion
Year of production: 1969
Format: 16 mm
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About the curator
Name: Lucas Murari
Function: Researcher of Cinema / Curator of Risco Cinema
What is your main interest: Experimental Cinema
Where do you come from/ where do you live: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About the film and the filmmakers:
-What can you tell about this film?
Contestação (Rebellion, 1969), directed by João Silvério Trevisan, is a movie made clandestinely and in the counter-current of the Brazilian cinema of that period. It is a film of confrontation and resistance against all hegemonic powers. The authorship of the images is anonymous. The filmmaker explores the resignification of television archival materials. Trevisan tried to show his movie at the Leipzig Festival (East Germany) in 1969, but was not selected. Upon returning to Brazil, afraid of the military dictatorship that controlled the country (1964 - 1985), he delivered the copy to members of the Cuban delegation present at Leipzig. This copy of Contestação will be discovered only in 2014, in a kind of communist film archive in Paris. After that, Trevisan directed only one another movie: Orgia ou O Homem Que Deu Cria (Orgy or the man who gave birth, 1970), which wasn't shown due to military censorship.
-How does this film relate to the theme ‘politics and poetry’ in your opinion?
The end of the 1960s was an effervescent time when it comes to politics and poetry, not only in Brazil, but in the whole world. Contestação embodies that atmosphere and establishes a dialogues with some of the hallmarks of that time: anarchism, youth rebellion, political cinema, Godard's Maoist phase. The movie is made of different references to a wide range of ebullitions, presenting images of demonstrations, armed struggles, strikes, wars, military coups, cultural revolution, imperialism. Rather than focus on one nation, it exposes the plurality of the contending forces.
-Are politics and poetry (or politics and arts) two separate worlds according to you? Why / why not?
Politics and poetry are distinct, but complementary forces. Contestação presents a richness of looks and aesthetics. I selected a movie which, in my opinion, explores these two fields.
-There are a lot of political tensions and changes in the world right now. Do you (already) notice any changes in the focus and/or ideas and work of artists because of these developments? Do you have examples?
One of the differences between art/thought today is the pluralities of the subjects of enunciation. The digital age has led to revolutions in cinematic styles. The political tensions and the changes in the world all pass through the complexity of these strategies: self-representation, postcolonialism, multiculturalism etc. Some of the most interesting ways of this production are the disinformation films, the native/ indigenous cinema, the movies from the periphery.
-Besides the theme of ‘Politics and poetry’ are there any other comparisons between this artist and Ivens according to you?
The film Joris Ivens went through the entire twentieth century. His filmography consists of reflections on political, social and cultural transformations. He filmed in the Netherlands, Russia, China, Vietnam, Chile, United States, among other countries. Contestação is not restricted to his country. It presents the political vein scattered around several times and countries.