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Vietnam Symphony

Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
In 1965, as the Vietnam War intensified and Hanoi faced the threat of massive US bombing, students and teachers from the National Conservatory of Music were forced to flee the city for the relative safety of a small village in the countryside. With the help of villagers, they built an entire campus underground, creating a maze of hidden tunnels, connecting an auditorium and classrooms. Here, as the war raged around them, they lived, studied and played music for five years. Vietnam Symphony tells their extraordinary story. Stunning black-and-white archival footage captures almost surreal scenes - of pianos wheeled on handcarts along dusty tracks, lessons held in round-the-clock shifts in subterranean caverns, performances for soldiers among heavy armaments, and the unexpected meeting of hard labour and high culture, of the pragmatic and the sublime. This remarkable footage is combined with contemporary interviews with the people involved, who recount personal stories of danger, hunger, fear and loss, counterpointed by moments of humour and beauty. And their music, of course. Since the war, Vietnam has undergone profound changes. These talented musicians and composers are now among the country's cultural leaders, yet their children tend to take little interest in the past, looking to the west to shape their future. Beautifully photographed, Vietnam Symphony records the coming together of the former conservatory students and villagers for a reunion concert 30 years after the war, to paint a moving portrait of life in Vietnam then and now. A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with Stonebridge Productions. Developed with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission. Produced in association with the NSW Film and Television Office and SBS Independent. Copyright - 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Screen NSW Executive Producer: Penny Robins Producer: Kerry Herman Director: Tom Zubrycki Writer: Tom Zubrycki DOP/Cinematographer: Simon Smith Narrator/Presenter: Tara Morice Featured People: Professor Vu Huong, Tran Thi Tuyet Minh, Vu Thi Mai Phuong, Do Van De, Professor Ngo Van Thanh, Nguyen Thuy Ha, Vu Anh Tuan.
Release Date
2005
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2005.
Publisher no.
1091701 Kanopy
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1 online resource (streaming video file)
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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