Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies in Wallingford
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7:00 PM, Friday, December 2, 2016
Location: Wallingford, Seattle, WA (click for map)

This documentary follows the impact of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on people’s lives around the world.  Filmed on 5 continents and in 12 countries, Following the Ninth is about four people whose lives have been transformed, repaired and healed by the 9th’s message.  ‘Alle Menschen  werden Bruder’ (All People Are Connected).  In East Berlin just before the wall came down.   At Tienanmen Square in 1989, students played the 9th over loudspeakers as the army came in to crush their protests for freedom.  In Chile, women under the Pinochet dictatorship sang the 9th at torture prisons, and those inside took hope when they heard the music.  In Japan each December, the 9th is performed hundreds of times, often with 10.000 people in the chorus.  The 9th took on added significance after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  This film has spirit-lifting moments and powerful resonances.

Release Year: 2013

Running Time: 78

Director: Kerry Candaele

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