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 ...
The 28th International Film Festival Innsbruck (Austria) presents an hommage to Joris Ivens commemorating his death thirty years ago, on 28th of June 1989. Three films will be shown between May 28th and June 2nd: The Spanish Earth, Loin de Vietnam and Lied der Ströme. This series is supported by the 'Zukunftsfonds der Republik Osterreich' and the University of Innsbruck.
On 22 and 23 November the International Joris Ivens Symposium in Hanoi brought together a wonderful mix of Vietnamese film veterans, who had collaborated with Joris Ivens and his wife in the 1960s and a group of film scholars from Canada, USA, Indonesia, Australia, France, China and The Netherlands.
The magnificient book of film historian Günter Jordan about Joris Ivens' East-German films, entitled 'Unknown Ivens' ('Unbekannter Ivens') will be presented on 25 November at the legendary UT Connewitz film theater in Leipzig. Next to the lecture by Jordan 'Joris Ivens at DEFA and in the GDR' the films Die Windrose (1958, The Rose Compass) and Rain (1929, Regen) will be shown.
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 Vietnam Film Institute in Hanoi (with a sub-archive in Ho Chi Minh City) and the European Foundation Joris Ivens decided to strengthen their relationship. On March 11th Mr. Adrian Spijker, ambassador of the Ivens Foundation, visited the Vietnam Film Institute, and Mr. Dao Quoc Hung, director of this national film archive, will visit the Ivens archives in return in June. The purpose of this project is to deepen the research on the four Vietnam-films Ivens made during the second half of the 1960's: Le ciel, la terre (1966), Loin de Vietnam (1967, with Godard, Lelouch, Klein, Varda a.o.), Le dix-septieme parallele (1968, with Marceline Loridan-Ivens) and Recontre avec le président Ho Chi Minch (1970)
Deputy Director of the Vietnam Film Institute, Mr. Vu Nguyen Hung, and Mr. and mrs. A. Spijkers, the ambassador of teh Ivens Foundation, during their meeting in Hanoi.
Adrianus (Ad) Spijkers' career, dedicated to the farmers of Asia and Africa, spans over three decades. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recognized his services by according the prestigious B. R. Sen Award (2010)for his outstanding leadership in innovative interventions towards comprehensive food security in Bangladesh as the FAO Representative (2006-2011).
Ad Spijkers also served as the FAO Representative in Cambodia (1995-1999) and DR Congo (1999-2006), and since 1985 – 1995 as a programme officer in Vietnam and China (promoted there as the Deputy FAO Representative). Before joining FAO, he worked during 1970’s for the University of Nijmegen and NUFFIC (Netherlands University Foundation for International Cooperation) in the Hague. He was responsible for third-world matters, especially covering Vietnam, Cambodia and Mozambique. Earlier he worked in the field in Portugal.
After regular retirement (in 2011) Ad Spijkers has continued serving FAO under the retiree scheme in various advisory roles in Asia and Africa. This includes the assignments of the FAO Representative a.i. in Zambia (2012), Sudan (2013)and the United Arab Emirates, UAE (2014-15), where he also heads the FAO Sub-Regional Office for the six GCC countries. His goal was to lift the level of the FAO collaboration with the UAE to new heights.
His notable achievements include, among others, the expansion of the FAO country programme in Vietnam covering 40% of the UNDP annual country budget. There he managed around twenty large projects including the first agricultural sector review done jointly with the World Bank. In China, he inspired the farmers in adopting modern methods like Integrated Pest Management, and in fighting against illegal logging in Cambodia. In DR Congo he persuaded FAO’s ‘peace boats’ to carry food through the river Congo to the victims in the conflict zones.
Ad Spijkers pioneered, with support from USAID and other partners (like IFPRI), the successful Bangladesh Country Investment Programme (CIP) for agriculture, food security and nutrition, the first in Asia,under the US Presidential Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (Feed the Future).FAO Bangladesh also emerged as one of the biggest FAO operations in the world supporting the country through the global food, fuel and fertilizer crises, and in the fight against zoonotic diseases, floods, cyclones, and climate change challenges.
Even recently, he prompted overhauling of the FAO country operations, triggered intensive interactions with the government and partners, and launched investment plans and innovative programmes in Zambia, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.
He lately helped the development of the Mekong Delta Plan in Vietnam with the Netherlands Cooperation, which followed his earlier initiative for the Southern Delta of Bangladesh. He is a member of the Independent Advisory Committee of Humidtropics, a new CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) Programme on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics. He also worked in Ghana and Nigeria in the recent years in different capacities. In his relentless quest for and depth of experience in sustainable food security, natural resources management and social development, he champions the principles of inclusive dialogue, people’s participation and building multidisciplinary team work, with which he continues till today scaling up FAO country and regional operations.
Ad Spijkers represented FAO in international forums in the Netherlands, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, DR Congo, France, Thailand, Bhutan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Zambia, Sudan, the UAE and Italy.
As a retiree consultant Ad Spijkers is based in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and Hanoi, Vietnam. He was born in the sandy soils of the southern Netherlands in 1949. He holds an M.A in Development Studies, Agriculture and Rural Development from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague. He is married and blessed with two grown-up children.