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Following The 9th: Beethoven's Final Symphony

The global impact of Beethoven's Battle Cry of Freedom

Overview

Genre
Cultural History, Human Rights, Social Issues, Music, and Arts
Synopsis

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:

Stage
finished
Running time
73 and 55 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Battle Hymns Productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
2010-2013
Locations
Japan, Chile, England, Germany, China, Austria, South Africa
Prod. Partners
B-Side Productions

Distribution Details

Release year
2016
Festivals
Many
Awards
A couple
Distribution
Al-Jazeera (International), Area 21 (US)
Language
English, Spanish, German
Subtitles
Spanish, German

Photos

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