Moonlight Sonata – Deafness in Three Movements explores the deeply personal story of Irene Taylor Brodsky’s 11-year-old son Jonas’ discovering a newfound world of hearing – and music – after a cochlear implant surgery. Jonas becomes interested in learning Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, a beautiful and heart-wrenching piece written during the year Beethoven was stricken with his own deafness. The story becomes an intergenerational tale of deafness, as we learn that Jonas’ grandparents were also born deaf and see the special bond they share with each other, as they all have sign language as their first language. And, unexpectedly, Jonas chooses when he wishes to not hear and when he wishes to hear, demonstrating how a perceived disability may also be a special ability. This is a powerful film on the power of music, deafness (shown as both a disability and an ability), the blessing of family bonds, and the decisions to be made as a parent and as the child of aging parents.
In attendance: Irene Taylor Brodsky, Director & Producer, Tahria Sheather, Producer, Jonas Brodsky and Sally Taylor, both featured in the film.