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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.'
The thrill of this documentary is in the remarkable story of the Little Country That Could.
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.
Patience may not the most exciting movie subject, but The Singing Revolution is, in its deceptively mild way, inspiring.
It's a powerful story of a nation that, almost literally, sang its way to freedom.
What makes the film unique is its intermittent focus on one of the country's cultural touchstones: a song festival called Laulupidu, and its role in bringing freedom to a repressed but restless people after a half-century.
One of the most inspirational and powerful documentaries I've ever seen.
a film that joyfully celebrates the power of the human spirit in all its glory.
Fortunately, the interview subjects (who include festival performers and current and former Estonian leaders) are very intelligent and well-spoken. Their stories are what really holds out interest here.
If The Singing Revolution were a fictional film it would be dismissed as a pie-in-the-sky fantasy. But it's all true.
Folk songs can be plenty inspirational, but like this movie, they just aren't all that exciting.
Although filmmakers James and Maureen Castle Tusty haven't figured out how to make historic tidbits come alive, they do know how to make them sing.
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