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    ROMAN KARMEN'S DOCUMENTARY TO BE SHOWN IN VIETNAM

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    HANOI, April 5, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - The documentary "Vietnam" shot by well-known Russian film director and cameraman Roman Karmen (1906-1978) will be shown for the first time in Vietnam on Monday.

    The film presentation will be a highlight of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Vietnam's victory over French colonizers at Dien Bien Phu, representative of the Vietnamese State Television Tran Binh Minh told RIA Novosti on Friday. The anniversary is the 2004 main cultural and historic event in Vietnam.

    "Vietnam" is the only documentary giving large-scale and truthful coverage of the Vietnamese resistance to the French troops (1946-1954). The film shot in 1954-1955 is kept in the Russian state film and photo archives.

    In compliance with the contract made by the Vietnamese State Television and the Russian state film and photo archives in March 2004, the Vietnamese side has a right to show the film on local TV for three times. According to Tran Binh Minh, the contract is worth $7,000.

    Formerly the Vietnamese already saw a part of this film in black and white. However, it had another title and commentaries were different from the original.

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