A documentary about late Party General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh (1915-1998), who made invaluable contributions to Vietnamese revolutionary efforts and economic reform, will be aired on Vietnam Television to celebrate his 100th birth anniversary on July 1.

The 40-minute documentary tells the story of the leader's revolutionary career, with a focus on his imprisonment in Con Dao Jail by the US, his five-time appointment as the general secretary of the HCM City's Party Committee and his contributions to the first period of the country's doi moi (renewal) process beginning in 1991.

Director Pham Hong Dang's documentary team spent a lot of time gathering materials from the Party's agencies and Linh's family.

Interviews with late Minister of Home Affairs Mai Chi Tho, late Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet, Linh's wife Ngo Thi Hue and Linh himself when he was alive were scattered throughout the documentary.

Nguyen Van Linh was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1986 to 1991. He was elected at the 6th National Party Congress in December 1986 and became the first Party leader to lead and organise the implementation of the Party resolution on Doi Moi.

He initiated and pursued the principles of Doi Moi while maintaining socialist orientations, promoting Party leadership and bringing into full play the people’s right to mastery as reflected in the motto “people know, people discuss, people do and people inspect.”

Nguyen Van Linh, who passed away on April 28, 1998, was praised by both the Party and the people as a staunch and prestigious communist and an outstanding disciple of the late President Ho Chi Minh.-VNA