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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Vietnam Reel Available

HANOI, Vietnam -- Film footage never seen before from Hanoi's secret archives of the wars in Vietnam against the United States and France will be commercially available next week for the first time, a German film executive said Tuesday.

Alexander van Dulmen, managing director of Berlin-based Progress Film-Verleih GmbH, said a specially prepared reel will highlight some of the remarkable film shot between 1945 and 1975.

Progress Film signed a deal in January with the official Vietnam Film Institute for exclusive worldwide marketing rights to all Vietnam's official film archives.

Progress Film will offer direct access to the archives at MIP TV '99, the International Television Program Market in Cannes, France, from April 12-17, van Dulmen said.

"There are some very impressive films about the bombing in Hanoi, really very touching pictures," van Dulmen said.

He added that over the past three months Progress had screened some 75 kilometers of film, but had scarcely dented the huge stocks held in communist-ruled Vietnam.

"As long as the war continued the more footage there is," van Dulmen said. "From 1964-65 there is only a little, but from 1970-75 there is a huge amount."

Highlights include tens of thousands of people carrying war supplies down the Ho Chi Minh trail, footage of U.S. prisoners of war, and everything on how small bands of poorly equipped Viet Cong guerrillas plotted and executed attacks against U.S. troops.

"The brutality of the war between 1973 and 1975 after the American troops were withdrawnseems in a way much higher than before," van Dulmen said.

"There is film of the arrest of one American pilot. It is the only shot we've seen anywhere of an American getting hit by some Vietnamese people," he added.