• Short Summary

    MILLIONS OF SOUTH VIETNAMESE CHILDREN WERE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO FORGET THE RAVAGES OF WAR ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 24), WHEN THE COUNTRY CELEBRATED THE ANNUAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL.

  • Description

    1.
    LV GIRLS DANCE
    0.05

    2.
    LV AUDIENCE
    0.08

    3.
    SV GIRLS DANCE WITH LANTERNS
    0.11

    4.
    SV&TV GIRLS DANCE
    0.26

    5.
    SV AUDIENCE
    0.28

    6.
    LV STAGE
    0.30

    7.
    SV GIRL GUIDES DRAW RAFFLE
    0.39

    8.
    SCU LITTLE GIRL WITH BALLOON
    0.42

    9.
    SV SMALL BOY PLACED ON LARGE BICYCLE AND WHEELED OFF INTO THE AUDIENCE
    0.53

    10.
    CU BOY GETS PRESENT
    0.58

    11.
    SV AUDIENCE APPLAUD AND GIRLS DANCE
    1.05

    12.
    SV CHILDREN APPLAUD
    1.09

    13.
    LV DRAGON DANCE
    1.12



    Initials AH/VS/MR/MH



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: MILLIONS OF SOUTH VIETNAMESE CHILDREN WERE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO FORGET THE RAVAGES OF WAR ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 24), WHEN THE COUNTRY CELEBRATED THE ANNUAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL. BUT THIS YEAR THE CELEBRATIONS ENDED ON A SINISTER NOTE. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FESTIVAL, THE VIET CONG BROADCAST AN APPEAL TO SOUTH VIETNAMESE CHILDREN TO HELP OVERTHROW THE SAIGON GOVERNMENT.

    THE FESTIVAL IS ORGANISED ESPECIALLY FOR THE CHILDREN OF POOR FAMILIES. THE GOVERNMENT REGARDS THE DAY AS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY, AND ALL OFFICES ARE CLOSED FOR THE OCCASION.

    IN SAIGON, THE MAYOR, ACCOMPANIED BY MANY SENATORS AND DEPUTIES, DISTRIBUTED GIFTS TO THE CHILDREN. AND ENTERTAINMENTS -- LIKE THIS ONE FILMED IN SAIGON -- WERE ORGANISED FOR CHILDREN THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

    MEANWHILE, VIET CONG LEADERS TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE MID-AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL ANNIVERSARY TO MAKE A CLANDESTINE BROADCAST. THEY ASKED SOUTH VIETNAMESE CHILDREN TO HELP FORCE THE WITHDRAWAL OF ALL AMERICAN TROOPS AND THE OVERTHROW OF THE SAIGON GOVERNMENT.

    CHILDREN COULD HELP TOWARDS THESE ENDS BY CARRYING SUPPLIES, AIDING INCREASED FARM PRODUCTION AND BY REFUSING TO TELL GOVERNMENT FORCES WHERE VIET CONG WEAPONS WERE HIDDEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA26Z3NJHTFUUPTXTCKCD6BOS99
    Media URN:
    VLVA26Z3NJHTFUUPTXTCKCD6BOS99
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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