14 May 2015
Read more about what inspired the filmmaker to make this documentary on the Al Jazeera website.
At Tiananmen Square in 1989, students played the Ninth over loudspeakers as the army came in to crush their protests for freedom. In Chile, women under the Pinochet dictatorship sang the Ninth at torture prisons, and those inside took hope when they heard the music.
Shortly after the Berlin Wall, symbol of division and oppression, came down in November 1989, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven's Ninth as an "Ode to Freedom" on both sites of the Berlin Wall to celebrate this historic moment.