The Singing Revolution (2007)

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After enduring WWII-era brutalization by Hitler's Nazi Party and decades of repressive Soviet dictatorship, the tiny Eastern European nation of Estonia began to declare its independence from Communist rule in the late '80s. Over a five-year period, beginning in 1986, hundreds of thousands of Estonians began to systematically and repeatedly gather in public venues to collectively sing illegal patriotic songs, declaring their desire for national independence but never resorting to violence amid … More

Rating: G
Genre: Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Maureen Castle Tusty , Mike Majoros , James Tusty
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On DVD: Feb 3, 2009
Runtime:
Mountain View Productions - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Singing Revolution

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'Nonstop Estonian folk music' might not be a great format for a radio station, but it sure works for The Singing Revolution.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This fine and surprising documentary asks an even more challenging question: Can music promote nonviolence, prevent bloodshed and successfully overthrow an oppressive regime? Again -- astonishingly -- the answer is 'yes.'

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
Houston Chronicle
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The thrill of this documentary is in the remarkable story of the Little Country That Could.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Film.com
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As far as the plot goes, widespread lack of familiarity with Estonia's recent history actually works in the film's favor: Suspense born of ignorance lends the unfolding drama the urgency of a political thriller.

Full Review… | May 22, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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Patience may not the most exciting movie subject, but The Singing Revolution is, in its deceptively mild way, inspiring.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Globe and Mail
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It's a powerful story of a nation that, almost literally, sang its way to freedom.

Full Review… | April 17, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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