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Here is the official trailer of Once upon a bridge in Vietnam - a new documentary by French film maker François Bibonne.

In February 2020, following the death of his Vietnamese grandmother Therese Nguyen Thi Koan, Bibonne set out to explore Vietnam through investigations of classical music within the country.

’As a classical music fan and a graduate of history, I was fascinated by Vietnam’s historic roots in classical music,’ said Bibonne.

During his exploration, Bibonne meets Thuy, a traditional musician who wants to learn more about Vietnamese culture. Bibonne’s travels gradually turn into a quest for identity, bringing Vietnamese culture closer to his western upbringing, whereby music becomes a bridge between Bibonne and his grandmother.

Bibonne aims for the documentary to offer ‘more than digital tourism,’ by exploring cross-cultural languages through musical composition, as well as an insight into the rich history of Vietnam and its conflict and reconciliation with France.

The documentary features interviews mostly with female musicians in Vietnam from different musical backgrounds, who outline the international influence of music culture in their lives. It features travel from the Hanoi Opera House to jungles and rice fields in the countryside, as well as the contrasts of soundtrack  between Vietnamese traditional music and western classical music, highlighting the unique contrasts that inspired many composers in Vietnam.

The film has been screened at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in March 2023. Bibonne plans to release the full film online later this year. For more information on his film company Studio Thi Koan, visit or contact

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