With a runtime of nearly 50 minutes, the documentary delves into valuable archival footage and documents from the French Ministry of Armed Forces and the Parliament. Some of these documents were only recently decoded, offering new insights into the historic battle.

The film features firsthand accounts from French military personnel who participated in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, as well as researchers, historians, and veterans from both France and Vietnam. It analyzes the factors that led to the French military’s defeat and showcases the resilience and ingenuity of the Vietnamese forces.

Produced over a period of four months, from late December 2023, the documentary was filmed in Vietnam and four French cities: Paris, Montpellier, Toulon, and Marseille. According to journalist Thu Ha, deputy head of the TV department for foreign services at VTV, the film provides a comprehensive perspective on the battle and its significance.

Don’t miss the premiere of this insightful documentary on May 7 at 8:05 p.m. on VTV1 and VTV4. The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was a pivotal moment in Vietnam’s history, leading to the end of French colonial rule and setting the stage for the country’s revolution and path toward independence.

The victory at Dien Bien Phu forced the French colonialists to negotiate and sign the Geneva Accords, which guaranteed the sovereignty and independence of Vietnam. It marked the liberation of North Vietnam and the beginning of the country’s journey toward socialism. The Accords also ensured non-interference in Vietnam’s internal affairs and the withdrawal of French troops, providing a solid foundation for the continued struggle for national liberation and reunification.