(Late Post) Following the 9th (Last Friday)

Posted on May 10, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

CineCulture, together with Filmworks presents: Following the 9th, May 9: TOWER THEATER,

815 E. OLIVE AVENUE, FRESNO

Following the 9th

Post Screening Discussion Circle following the 5:30 featuring Dr. Thomas Loewenheim

(Fresno State Music Professor)

Fresno Filmworks presents the American independent documentary “Following the Ninth:

In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony” at the historic Tower Theatre.The movie,

which was filmed on five continents and in 12 countries, functions as part road trip and part

adventure story. It focuses on four people whose lives have been transformed and repaired by

Beethoven’s liberating and resilient message in his Ninth Symphony–Alle Menschen werden

Bruder, or: All men will be brothers. In addition, the movie explores the worldwide cultural and

political influence of the symphony on past events. (In China’s Tienanmen Square, students

played the Ninth over loudspeakers as the army came in to crush their struggle for freedom in

1989. In Chile, women living under the Pinochet dictatorship sang the Ninth outside torture

prisons, where men inside took hope as they heard the voices. In Japan, the Ninth is performed

hundreds of times each December, often with 10,000 people in the chorus. And in Germany, the

Berlin Wall, a symbol of division and oppression, comes down, as Leonard Bernstein performed

Beethoven’s Ninth as an “Ode To Freedom” in 1989). The Village Voice calls the movie “the

rarest of films: a documentary as ineffable and transformative in its reach as it sets out to be.”

Tickets cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by check or

cash at the Tower Theatre box office, 815 E. Olive Ave. For more information:

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and

staff, and community, at no charge. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course

(MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General

Education Integration Area Multicutlural International (MI).

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If

you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access

provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

For more information about CineCulture contact:

Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

(Club President Tom Boroujeni at farrokh@mail.fresnostate.edu

May 9, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.


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