Indonesia Calling

L'Indonesia chiama
by Joris Ivens Documentary Australia 1946 22'

In 1944 the Dutch Indies Vice-Gover nor offers Ivens the position of Government Film Commissioner in Indonesia. Ivens accepts ,but when Holland decides to retake the colony, which has proclaimed its independence, the situation gets difficult. Ivens tenders his resignation and openly accuses his own government. These are the antecedents of Indonesia Calling, a film shot in Sydney and relating the str ike of Indonesian sailors, supported by their Chinese and Australian colleagues and by the fourteen trade unions of the city, which blocked the Dutch war ships in Australia. Later on, this film "made of nothing" will be defined by Ivens as one of the most impor tant of his career: "Indonesia Calling is the day-by-day journal of this struggle. It's the poorest film I have ever made: a thirty minutes' shot footage for a tw enty minutes' final cut. But it is very close to the reality of the moment. For the first time I made a film I had neither foreseen nor prepared. One, I can honestly say, I had not wanted either. Indonesia Calling was realized despite me, under the pressure of events, with Indonesian militants, some docker s and sailors, journalists, students that made up for the lack of means with their enthusiasm, cunning and imagination."


Joris Ivens




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01 October - 06 October 2021

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