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Jakarta Post

Joris Ivens' historic short film: `Indonesia Calling'

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, August 16 2009   /  12:22 pm

The Brisbane International Film Festival, 2009, featured a new documentary, directed by John Hughes: "Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia". It is one of his series exploring the history of documentary filmmaking in Australia. It tells a story significant to Indonesia, and to the relationship between Australia and Indonesia. Joris Ivens was something of a radical, and had travelled the world, making films in which he showed ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations. He went to Spain in 1937, to make a film in support of the Spanish revolution, entitled, The Spanish Earth. He was well respected in The Netherlands as a fine documentary filmmaker. However after he made Indonesia Calling released in 1946, which took a stand against the Dutch re-colonisation of Indonesia after World War II, he was branded a traitor by the Netherlands government. The USA also cond...