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Catalogue Number:  NFB529744
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Bonnie Thompson, Graydon McCrea
Directors:  Mieko Ouchi
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Arts, Documentary, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies/Home Economics, Music
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2004
Running Time:  53m 16s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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The soaring notes of a violin lift through the air while confident young hands grasp the bow. Lifting the curtain on the little-understood world of the child musical prodigy, Minor Keys takes us into the lives of two exceptional violinists: 12-year-old Ewald Cheung, who dreams of playing the world's famous concert halls, and 18-year-old Jessica Linnebach, who is launching her professional career.

Filmed over an 18-month period, this engaging documentary charts the pressure-filled road these young musicians travel. From home and school to music lessons and competitions, they speak candidly about their dreams and fears.

James Keene, their inspiring teacher and a former child prodigy, looks back on his own childhood experiences to cast light on the stress of a glamorous but sometimes unkind business. The documentary also features interviews with renowned developmental psychologist Dr David Henry Feldman.

Mixing candid interviews, lively footage and stirring musical performances, Minor Keys offers a thought-provoking look at the ordinary children behind the extraordinary talents.

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