tuesday, september 24 at 7:30pm | regular admission prices
This film will be screened with Open Captions and Audio Description is Available.
Thanks to our community partners Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and DIRECT – Center for Independence!
Moonlight Sonata is a deeply personal memoir about a deaf boy growing up, his deaf grandfather growing old, and Ludwig van Beethoven the year he began going deaf and wrote his iconic sonata.
“Intimate and beautiful.” –Sean P. Means, The Movie Cricket
Twelve years after her award-winning documentary Hear and Now, director Irene Taylor Brodsky once more turns the camera on her family, documenting the gifts and challenges that come with being deaf. Brodsky’s teenage son Jonas, who was born with the ability to hear before going deaf as a boy, retains his hearing due to cochlear implants. Jonas is also a budding pianist, and has chosen to learn Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata for a recital. Jonas’s grandparents, Paul and Sally Taylor, who are both deaf, help Jonas by offering him a channel to relate to the world through music, all the while facing their own new trials as age takes its toll. What emerges is an incredibly moving and loving portrait of generations both separated and united through the ability to hear. Much like the iconic piece after which it is titled, Moonlight Sonata is a story about loss and, more importantly, what we discover when we push beyond it. (Dir. by Irene Taylor Brodsky, 2019, USA, 90 mins., Not Rated)