In Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, documentary filmmaker gives a multigenerational exploration of a family living with deafness.
The film is a continuation to her 2007 Sundance award-winning documentary Hear and Now, in which Brodsky documented her parents, who both born deaf, as they undergo cochlear implant surgery that would allow them to hear for the first time in over 60 years. This time Brodsky is featuring her son Jonas who she found out soon after the Sundance premiere of Hear and Now, was also losing his hearing as a baby.
“This film we’re here with this year is really a continuation of our family saga and our experience with deafness, said Brodsky who was joined by her fellow producer Tahria Sheather at Deadline’s Sundance Studio ”
Unlike his grandparents who have gone the majorities of their lives with no sound, Jonas underwent the cochlear implant surgery as a toddler and has adjusted to a world. While Jonas, who is learning to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, explores what silence means to him, his grandfather grapples with a new transition of his own.
“One of the things that Beethoven taught me through reading his letters is that he made the music he did not in spite of his deafness, but because of his deafness, said Brodsky.
“This torturous period he went through as a very famous musician losing his hearing, he really risked losing his confidence and instead he used the deafness to just shut out the world and really tune into his own voice. I think that applies to all of us in whatever our craft is… at some point we just have to shut out the noise and listen to what we want and what we need for ourselves.”
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