From the Early Works website:
Two weeks after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Indonesian Independence leaders proclaimed “Indonesia Merdeka!”: ‘Freedom!’ for a new Indonesian Republic and an end to Dutch colonial rule. Internationally renowned Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens, here in Australia as Film Commissioner for the Netherlands East Indies government in exile, resigned his position and in collaboration with Indonesian activists, Chinese, Indian and Australian trade unionists, and local artists and filmmakers, made Indonesia Calling a film documenting the crucial role of Australian trade union support in the establishment of the new Indonesian Republic.
Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia recalls the birth of Indonesia, and the impact of a small film, made at a moment of crisis, on Australia’s relations with its northern neighbor and it’s legacy for Australian documentary film culture.
Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia had it’s World Premiere screening at Melbourne International Film Festival on Saturday 25th July, 2009. The International premiere screening took place at IDFA on Friday 20th November, 2009