Nov. 06--The joy and power of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony seems a perfect Wednesday way to kick off the first Legacy Media Institute International Film Festival, a project of actor, producer and educator Tim Reid and Norfolk State University, co-sponsored by the city of Norfolk.
"Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony" was filmed on five continents and shows the impact of this piece of classical music on all cultures and in all places.
The 2011 documentary, directed by Kerry Candaele, took its cameras to China to watch how students played it during the Tiananmen Square protests. Chilean women sang it to political prisoners of Pinochet's regime. It's everywhere. It brings people together.
The festival, with some 60 movies from all over the world, officially runs Friday through Sunday. "Following" is a preview at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk.
The film will be followed by a performance of "Ode to Joy" by the Norfolk State University Saxophone Ensemble.
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