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Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 7pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center–555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, CA.

Screening followed by a Q&A conversation with director and producer, Irene Taylor Brodsky, producer, Tahria Sheather, and Jonas Brodsky & Sally Taylor – both featured in the film.

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.

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Official Selection at the following film festivals:

  • 2019 Sundance Film Festival, World Premiere
  • 2019 HotDocs Film Festival, International Premiere
  • 2019  San Francisco International Film Festival
  • 2019 DocLands Documentary Film Festival

Press Coverage for Moonlight Sonata

The Utah Review
Reviewed by Les Roka

“The film evokes so many dimensions. It is a wise statement of musical appreciation in its purest state. It is a story of unconditional intergenerational family love rendered with candor that is as respectful and dignified as it is transparent. It is a story of learning to communicate through life’s most challenging transitions. And, it enlightens viewers to reconsider their perceptions of what deafness means.”


NONFICS: Real Stories. Real Insight.
Review by Brad Gulllickson

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements is a great work of love.”

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