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Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony (2013)

Documentary follows the impact of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on people's lives around the world.


Kerry Candaele


Kerry Candaele

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Filmed on 5 continents and in 12 countries, 'Following The Ninth' is the story of four people whose lives have been transformed, repaired and healed by the 9th's message:' Alle Menschen werden Bruder (All People Are Connected).' 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. Part road trip, part adventure, Following The Ninth is a story about the power of music and human resilience in dark times. Written by Anonymous

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USA | Germany | UK | Austria | Chile | China | Japan | South Africa



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1 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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10 November 2013 | by mail-423-954478See all my reviews

I don't usually get emotional while watching films but as I learned about the human spirit and the impact that Beethoven's symphony has had around the world I couldn't help but tear up as the goosebumps spread across my skin.

This story of Beethoven's symphony's role in the world couldn't be more timely. As we watch sparks of hope flashing throughout the globe from the Occupy Wall Street Movement to the Egyptian revolution this documentary reminds us of what humanity can achieve with solidarity and tenacity.

Films like this one only reaffirm my love for storytelling and the art of filmmaking. Bravo!

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