Indonesia Calling

    • Joris Ivens
    • Australia
    • 1946
    • 23 min
    • Focus: unConscious Bias

    On November 21, 1945, in Sydney, Australia, Joris Ivens resigned as Film Commissioner of the Dutch East Indies. He disagreed with the Dutch decision to send troops and weapons to subdue the newly proclaimed Republic of Indonesia after Japan’s capitulation by force of arms.

    After resigning, and with very limited financial resources, Ivens decided to make a film about the dock strikes which were being organized in Australia in solidarity with the Indonesian Republic. The events culminated in the return of the Patras, a ship that was forced to return to Sydney Harbour by its East Indian crew after leaving port carrying weapons to the Dutch forces in Indonesia.

    Ivens reconstructed this feat in this short film, in the style of an instructional pamphlet, completed in the summer of 1946. The fact that Ivens had made an “anti-Dutch” film was held against him for many years by some of his fellow countrymen.

    Credits

    • 23 min
    • black and white
    • 35mm
    • Spoken languages: English
    Director
    Joris Ivens
    Production
    Waterfront Union of Australia
    Cinematography
    Marion Michelle
    Editing
    Joris Ivens
    Screenplay
    Joris Ivens

    IDFA history

    2021
    Screened
    Focus: unConscious Bias
    2008
    Screened
    Retrospective: Joris Ivens
    2003
    Screened
    Dutch Docs ’45 - ’65
    1994
    Screened
    1989
    Screened

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