Directed by: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Total Runtime: 90 min
Country of Origin: United States
Official Selection, Sundance 2019
(Q&A with filmmakers after screening)
Irene Taylor Brodsky by delving into an intergenerational exploration of living with deafness. Brodsky’s son Jonas began losing his hearing as a baby and underwent cochlear implant surgery as a toddler. Now 11 years old, Jonas has adjusted to a world with sound and is learning to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Brodsky’s parents also have cochlear implants, but unlike Jonas, the majority of their lives were shaped by silence. While Jonas explores what silence means to him, his grandfather grapples with a new transition of his own. In this deeply personal and moving film, Brodsky explores the meaning of deafness, loss, and the power of silence as her son discovers his unique voice, and her parents confront a new chapter of their lives.