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

Following the NinthSaturday 1:10pm SID

79 min.


Director: Kerry Candaele


Filmed on 5 continents and in 12 countries, Following The Ninth is the story of people whose lives have been transformed, repaired and healed by the “Ode to Joy”. At Tienanmen Square in 1989, students played the 9th Symphony 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. Part road trip, part adventure, Following The Ninth is a story about the power of music and human resilience. “Beautiful and powerful” Bill Moyers.

Filmmaker will attend.