HBO will premiere the Irene Taylor Brodsky-directed documentary Moonlight Sonata: Deafness In Three Movements this December, which explores the meaning and interpretation of deafness, language and music through three unique experiences.
Brodsky’s son Jonas began going deaf as an infant, later undergoing surgery for cochlear implants as a toddler and rediscovering a world of hearing.
Now 11 years old, Jonas sets out to tackle Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” which the composer wrote when he began going deaf.
Moonlight Sonata: Deafness In Three Movements expands upon Brodsky’s first feature documentary Hear and Now, about the journey of her deaf parents Paul and Sally into the world of sound after they decided to get cochlear implants.
The film highlights the intergenerational and complex relationship between Jonas and his grandparents, as he navigates his own deafness and Paul’s dementia.
Brodsky serves as producer alongside Tahria Sheather. Executive producers are Patty Quillin, Lynda Weinman, Leslie Berriman, Nion McEvoy, Sara Bernstein and Sheila Nevins. For HBO, executive producers are Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.
The documentary debuts Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT ahead of Beethoven’s 250th birthday.