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

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies in Kirkland
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7:00 PM, Friday, February 19, 2016
Location: Kirkland, WA (click for map)

Following the Ninth is a documentary film about the global impact of Beethoven’s final symphony. The film, released in mid-2013, has screened in over 250 cities in the United States and around the globe, with more to come.

Written in 1824, near the end of Beethoven’s life, the Ninth Symphony was composed by a man with little to be thankful for. Sick, alienated from almost everyone, and completely deaf, Beethoven had never managed to find love, nor create the family he’d always wanted. And yet, despite this, he managed to create an anthem of joy that embraces the transcendence of beauty over suffering.

Celebrated to this day for its ability to heal, repair, and bring people together across great divides, the Ninth has become an anthem of liberation and hope that has inspired many around the world.

Directed and produced by Kerry Candaele—who previously produced Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices, Iraq for Sale, and the documentary A League of Their Own—Following the Ninth traces these stories, intertwining them with the history of the Ninth itself to create a moving ode to hope, freedom, and the power of art.

Sponsors: Kirkland Choral Society

Release Year: 2013

Running Time: 90 min

Director: Kerry Candaele

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  1. Tanya
    #1 Tanya 10 February, 2016, 20:37

    If this movie trailer brought tears to my eyes, I can only think what seeing the whole film will do. I anticipate an highly moving evening!

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    • Dwight Rousu
      Dwight Rousu 22 February, 2016, 20:37

      I have personally observed that seeing the whole movie brought tears to your eyes again. A moving movie about music and movements around the world. Highly recommended.

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