In 1965, as the Vietnam War intensified, students and teachers from the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music were forced to flee the city for the relative safety of a village in the countryside.

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In 1965, as the Vietnam War intensified, students and teachers from the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music were forced to flee the city for the relative safety of a 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. There, as the war raged around them, they lived, studied and played music for five years.Vietnam Symphony tells their extraordinary story. Combining remarkable archival footage with contemporary interviews and a sublime soundtrack, it paints a portrait of life then and now, in a rapidly changing nation. Written by Film Australia Pty. Ltd. [au]

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a poignant documentary
7 February 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Not all who fight for their country have guns in their hands, some fight with music. Vietnam Symphony is a documentary based on Vietnam war during which the Hanoi school of music was forced to shift to a small village and classes were held underground. People who were students in that time share their experiences while the camera moves between images of color and black and white. One thing that oozes out is the passion of people when they narrate their stories, their pain in suffering, its real, its shocking but at the same time their bravery gives hope and optimism.

A well shot movie with good direction and good narrative. Do watch it if you want to experience how humanity prevails during war time!


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