• Short Summary

    LAOTIANS CELEBRATED THE ANNUAL FERTILITY FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY IN THE MIDST OF AN UNCERTAIN POLITICAL SITUATION FOLLOWING THE RIGHT-WING COUP, A WEEK EARLIER, WHICH OVERTHREW THE NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA.

  • Description

    1.
    GV FESTIVAL ON MEKONG RIVER.
    0.03

    2.
    SV MAN DANCING.
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    3.
    SV DRUMMERS AND DANCERS.
    0.16

    4.
    CU YOUNG WOMAN.
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    5.
    SCU YOUNG PEOPLE DANCING.
    0.23

    6.
    CU CHILDREN DANCE.
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    7.
    CU MAN BLOWS INSTRUMENT.
    0.28

    8.
    CU DANCER WITH MASK.
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    9.
    SV DANCERS AND DRUMMERS.
    0.42

    10.
    SV MONK.
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    11.
    SCU MAN UNDER FANCY UMBRELLA.
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    12.
    SV PAN. DANCER PAN. TO ROCKETS ON LAUNCHING PAD.
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    13.
    SV ROCKETS BEING FIRED.
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    14.
    CU CHILDREN RUN AWAY.
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    15.
    LV ROCKETS FIRED.
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    16.
    GV CROWD AROUND LAUNCHING SIDE.
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    Initials AA/V/MR/KN



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: LAOTIANS CELEBRATED THE ANNUAL FERTILITY FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY IN THE MIDST OF AN UNCERTAIN POLITICAL SITUATION FOLLOWING THE RIGHT-WING COUP, A WEEK EARLIER, WHICH OVERTHREW THE NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA. SINCE THEN HE HAS BEEN RESTORED AS PRIME MINISTER AND CALLED FOR TRI-PARTITE TALKS AND A CEASEFIRE IN A "FINAL EFFORT" TO MAKE THE COALITION GOVERNMENT WORK.

    HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAY, NOISY FESTIVAL WAS THE LAUNCHING OF HOME-MADE ROCKETS ON THE BANKS OF THE MEKONG RIVER. THE FIRING OF ROCKETS IS MEANT TO ENSURE A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST WITH PLENTY OF RAIN.

    BEFORE EACH FUE WAS LIT THE PEOPLE GAMBLED ON WHETHER OR NOT THE ROCKET WOULD GO OFF -- MANY DIDN'T. BLACK SMOKE BILLOWED UP BEFORE THE ROCKETS WOULD EXPLODE AND LEAVE THE CRUDE HOME-MADE LAUNCHING PAD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAATP2BLHARDJL80FTEYT3OCECL
    Media URN:
    VLVAATP2BLHARDJL80FTEYT3OCECL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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