Indonesia Calling

1946 / Australia / B&W / 22 min / 35mm

Director, Scipt, Editor: Joris Ivens
Camera: Marion Michelle
Commentary: written by Catherine Duncan, spoken by Peter Finch
Production company: Waterfront Union of Australia

Appointed by the Dutch government as Film Commissioner for the Dutch East Indies, Ivens was supposed to film the liberation of Indonesia, and then make educational and informational films there. However, when it became clear that the Dutch government would renege on its promise to make Indonesia independent, Ivens resigned his post, stating that the Dutch were not working for Indonesia's independence, but for its re-colonization. After his resignation he began working on Indonesia Calling, a film shot partially in secret which unabashedly demanded independence for Indonesia. The film's power is in its content rather than in its aesthetic achievement.



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