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Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Hot Docs Film Festival

Deafness has been a major part of filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky’s family. Both her parents are deaf, and the gene was also passed down to her first-born son. Her life has been bookended by loved ones living with hearing loss, though the invention of cochlear implants has allowed them to gain back some of the sounds of the world around them. While her parents underwent the implant procedure late in life, her son received implants at a young age, reigniting his early fascination with music. He becomes determined to learn how to play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” which prompts Brodsky to examine deafness through youth, aging and art. Weaving together beautiful animation with a moving score, Brodsky brings forth deeply emotional and personal portraits that showcase the transformative powers of sound and silence.

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April 29, 9:00 PM (closed captions)
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West

April 30, 3:00 PM (open captions, audio description)
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto 4, 259 Richmond Street West

May 3, 9:00 PM (closed captions)
Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen Street East