This 1997 agitprop epic by Dang Nhat Minh, Vietnam’s best-known director, offers a semifictional account of Hanoi rising up against the French colonialists in the waning weeks of 1946. The story follows three young men as they witness French duplicity and Vietnamese resentment; at the center of their lives is Ho Chi Minh, portrayed here as a wise, saintly, goateed “uncle.” Dang’s version of history is decidedly patriotic, but he’s smart enough to personalize it through his peripheral characters, and it’s fascinating to see this Moscow-trained filmmaker using Eisensteinian montage and Soviet-style gestures of heroism to stir the masses.