Following the Ninth

Following the Ninth

A scene from FOLLOWING THE NINTH, a film by Kerry Candaele. Image courtesy Area23a. All rihts reserved.

Following the Ninth

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Following the Ninth (2011/2013)

Also Known As: Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony

Opened: 11/01/2013 Limited

Quad Cinema/NYC11/01/2013 - 11/07/20137 days
Music Hall 311/22/2013 - 11/28/20137 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated

Beethoven's battle cry for humanity, his kiss for all the world.


Anne Borin PR


At Tiananmen Square in 1989, students played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony over loudspeakers as the army came in to crush them. In Chile, women living under Pinochet's dictatorship sang the Ninth at torture prisons, as men inside took hope when they heard their voices. When the Berlin Wall, symbol of division and oppression, came down in December 1989, Leonard Bernstein performed Beethoven's Ninth as an "Ode To Freedom". And In Japan, each December, the Symphony is performed hundreds of times, often with 10,000 people in the chorus--most recently in concert for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku. Part road trip, part adventure story, FOLLOWING THE NINTH is an inspirational film about Beethoven's Choral Symphony, its majestic power to liberate us, to shield us against suffering, to provide hope and resilience during dark times. Filmed on five continents and in 12 countries, FOLLOWING THE NINTH is the story of four lives that have been transformed and repaired by the music, expressed most vividly in the prophecy of the Ode to Joy: "Alle Menschen werden Bruder"(All Men Will Be Brothers).

Selected Quotes

"BRILLIANT FILMMAKING" -- Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent

"...A DEEPLY MOVING, AND INSPIRING ACHIEVEMENT... (A) BEAUTIFULLY COMPOSED FILM." -- Daniel Stewart, Music Director, Santa Cruz County Symphony