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The Singing Revolution
The Singing Revolution
Actor: People of Estonia
Director: James Tusty;Maureen Castle Tusty
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2009     1hr 37min

Estonia's coveted position between Europe and Russia has lured wave after wave of occupiers. The nation's darkest chapter, though, dawned in 1939 with the arrival of the Soviets. It seemed this time that the Estonian natio...  more »


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Actor: People of Estonia
Director: James Tusty;Maureen Castle Tusty
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, History, History, Music & Performing Arts, Politics
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/03/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A reminder of the power of the human spirit
Jan Priddy | Oregon | 12/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We miss things, we here in the most powerful nation on earth. I was alive when Estonia was fighting for its independence only I wasn't paying attention. Much of the world turned its back on this repressed nation. The music is glorious and the people are inspiring. "The Singing Revolution" proves that desire trumps death. They were not powerful, but they sang their way to freedom, a revolution bought with breath not blood. You will feel hopeful for the entire world after experiencing this film. It made me proud, it made me cry, it made me think. It reminded me that I should pay attention to the rest of the world."
What A Story!
A. Visser | Concord, NH | 12/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a film that is carried by its 'too wonderously powerful to be fiction' story. While we in the US were focused on confronting the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the peoples of the subjugated Baltic and Slavic nations were struggling to maintain their national identities and cultures. Each nation has a tale to tell (Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution, Ukraine's Orange Revolution, Georgia's Rose Revolution) This film shows us how the people of Estonia sang their culture and nation through this ordeal. Although I agree with much of what the other reviewers have written regarding the technical filmaking aspects of this film (somewhat lacking in deep individual character development), I had to give "The Singing Revolution" five stars for the power of the story itself. See this film and revel in a triumph of true strength over opression!"
A former resident
colmlt | Abingdon, MD USA | 02/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having lived in Tallinn from 1999 to 2001, I was particularily interested in the Singing Revolution when it came out to theaters around the country. When the DVD was produced, I am sure I was one of the first to purchase it. This is a compelling story of a country and its people who struggled to maintain their cultural identity from the 40s to the early 90s in the face of severe opposition at the hands of the Soviets. Having lived there, I was able to learn first hand about the struggles so poignantly depicted in the DVD. Since I have received the DVD, I have shared it on many occasions with friends and family. It is a story that needs to be told to everyone. You won't be disappointed when you purchase and view this documentary."
Kairus | Los Angeles, CA | 04/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw the movie in a theatre last year, and just watched it again on a DVD. What a story and a lesson in history!!! I wonder how many people know that the Soviet Union was anything but a big happy family? That the Baltic nations (and many more...) were held captive behind the Iron Curtain against their free will? That there was genocide going on and the outside world had no idea?! Makes me wonder about Cuba, China and other places like that today...
I enjoyed the movie from the very beginning until the very end, but there were 3 scenes that were exceptionally powerful:
1) The 2 Estonian policemen (these guys had some balls!!) protecting the TV tower inside while unarmed locals with linked arms were standing guard outside against the approaching tanks and massive numbers of Soviet soldiers.
2) Over a million people creating a human chain through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by joining hands.
3) The scene where the average (unarmed, of course) Estonians went to protect their Parliament building from hordes of hostile Russians - and after surrounding them, peacefully parting ways to let the enemies go through. That sight was just so... CIVILIZED that it was almost surreal!
I could keep on going but I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet. (Oh, I cannot help myself, just one last thing - the scenes where 30,000 people were singing together! UNREAL!!! And the music is beautiful.)
I highly recommend this movie to anyone interested in any of the following subjects: culture, history, USSR and fall of the Evil Empire, choral music, ideas on how to start a peaceful revolution of your own, proof of why communism doesn't work and why democracy is the way to go.