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 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.
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 ...
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.
Award winning Canadian documentary filmmaker Peter Davis presented his documentary Digging the Spanish Earth. Thanks to his interviews with Joris Ivens, Martha Gellhorn, Helen van Dongen and George Seldes, this film is of historical importance itself. Peter Davis also revisited locations in Madrid and Fuentedueña de Tajo where The Spanish Earth was shot in spring 1937.
Name Curators: Caroline Kennedy-Pipe/ James I. Rogers
Title of the work you have chosen: Fragments
Year of production: 2006
This month we have two curators. The interesting fact is that one of the curators is also involved in another Politics and Poetry project. So we are very glad to have this opportunity to share ideas.They selected a picture of a sculpture of the artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir called 'Fragments'. Contrary to what we normally do with the curators, there is no interview this time about their selection, but they entered an article about the work and ideas behind it. So please read their interesting thougts about 'Fragments' and their ideas about art, politics and war.
Curator: Manuel Toledo Otaegui
Name artist: Felipe Egaña
Title of the work you have chosen: El Elefante Blanco
English title: The white elephant
Year of production: 2010
Format: HD Video
We got in contact with Manuel Toledo Otaegui because of his work for the ARQFILMFEST in Chile, and they were interested to screen a few films of Ivens there. In return, we asked him to select a film for our Politics and Poetry page and he selected 'The white elephant'. We are very thankfull for the cooperation. Please read the interview below for the backgrounds and watch the film here.
Curator: Bert Hogenkamp
Name artist: Pim Zwier
Title of the work you have chosen: Alles was irgendwie nützt
English title: All what is somehow usefull
Year of production: 2014
Format: HD Video
In September our board member and Dutch film historian Bert Hogenkamp selected 'All what is somehow usefull', made by Pim Zwier (also from the Netherlands). The film was screened at many filmfestivals and Pim Zwier gave us permission to screen the film in September 2015. Now, you can see the trailer here.
Curator: Shohini Ghosh
Name artist: AJK Mass Communication Research Centre
Title of the work you have chosen: The Song of the `Other’ Firefly
English title: The Song of the `Other’ Firefly
Year of production: 2014
Format: DVC Pro HD
The film was as a final project for the Masters in Mass Communication, at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, a Central University in New Delhi. The names (in alphabetical order)of the students who made the film are: Abhijeet Bhatt, Abhishekh Anid Dutta, Meghna Talwar, Nagma Sahi Ansari,
Curator: Bruno Bové
Name artist: Catherine Murphy
Title of the work you have chosen: MAESTRA
English title: TEACHER
Year of production: Cuba/USA 2011 – 33’ release: 2012
Format: video (DVD)
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In July 2015 we have screened the film 'Maestra' with permission of the filmmaker and their distributor Women Make Movies. For the future, they allow us to show you this 8 minute-version film, about The Cuban Literacy Campaign in 1961. This film explores this controversial experience through the eyes of the women teachers, and how it changed their sense of themselves.
Curators: Geert Veuskens and Pieter De Vos (Filmmakers at Docwerkers)
Name artist: Xavier Artigas and Xapo Ortega (cooperative production company Metromuster)
Title of the work you have chosen: Ciutat Morta
English title: Dead City
Year of production: 2013
Format: Color HDcam
This month our curators selected a long film. They selected the film 'Dead city'. The curators are from Belgium and work at Docwerkers, where they make creative and socially (film)productions. We are very thankfull for their contribution and their interview. Please read about their thoughts and ideas in the interview down here:
Curator: Christian Leyssen Silva
Title of the work you have chosen: El vuelo de Juana
English title: Juana ’s flight
Name artist: Verónica Quense
Year of production: 1996
Format: 5 m. short film - 16 mm. - black & white.
The curator this month is Christian Leyssen Silva. Heis lecturer in Universidad Diego Portales and Universidad Internacional Sek and besides that, the curator in Fundación José Venturelli, Santiago de Chile. Heselected an older film for us from 1996, and we are happy that treasureslike these can be found on our Politics and Poetry page from now on as well.
Curator: Ezra Winton (Cinema Politica)
Name artist: Réal Junior Leblanc
Title of the work: Uprooted Generation
Year of production: 2013
We are very glad that Ezra Winton of Cinema Politica from Canada selected this film 'uprooted generation' for us. The reason why he selected this film for our page 'Politics and Poetry' is very clear: The film is part poem and part documentary, dedicated to the victims of residential schools. The film includes reflections on cultural disconnection, personal and community trauma, resilience, and the healing power of art.
Curator: Wytze Koppelman (European platform film students 'Breaking Ground')
Name director: János Richter
Name film: Guañape Sur
Year of production: 2010
Shooting format: HD Cam
Documentary / Italy / 23 Minutes
This film was only available to warch in March 2015 thanks to János Richter and Andana Films. Contact them to see the film. Here you can watch the trailer of the film. We asked Wytze Koppelman, coordinator of the European platform for film students 'Breaking Ground' to be curator this month. He selected the film 'Guañape Sur of János Richter. Wytze sees a lot of films from a new genaration filmmakers all over Europe, so it is interesting to ask him about what strikes him at the moment, especially in the light of 'Politics and Poetry'.
Curator: Malva Castillo Venturelli
Name artist: José Venturelli
Title of the work you have chosen: Caballero del Lucero
English title: "Rider of bright star"
Year of production: 1983
Material: Acrylic paint on canvas
Malva Castillo Venturelli is the coordinator of the Fundación José Venturelli in Chile. A while ago, The European Foundation Joris Ivens got in contact with the Fundación José Venturelli because Venturelli and Ivens used to be friends in the past. Venturelli died in 1988, just one year before Joris Ivens past away. We asked Malva Castillo Venturelli to select a piece of art in the light of 'Politics and Poetry'. She selected 'Caballero del Lucero' which means "Rider of bright star". Read the interview down here.
Curator: European Foundation Joris Ivens
Name director: Pedro Mota Tavares
Name film: REDUTO
English title: REDOUBT
Year of production: 2014
Year and place of premiere: 2014/ DocLisboa (Lisbon, PT)
Shooting format: DV video
We picked ourselves -the European Foundation Joris Ivens- as the first curator of the Politics and Poetry page. The film we want to show is from Pedro Tavares from Portugal, who had an internship at the foundation last year. He was very enthusiastic on the topic 'politics and poetry' so we like him to open up this page. READ INTERVIEW WITH PEDRO MOTA TAVARES: