The Singing Revolution (2007)
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Critic Reviews for The Singing Revolution
'Nonstop Estonian folk music' might not be a great format for a radio station, but it sure works for The Singing Revolution.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Singing Revolution
Excellent film about a piece of history that's ignored too often. Shows how a people, united by culture, although not fully united in their goals, were able to destroy the Soviet power over them. The website has additional resources for teachers. This is the review on my blog: http://delesmuses.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-enemys-enemy-is-my-ally.html
:fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: This is a very important film that every American should see to better appreciate what we take for granted.
[font=Century Gothic]Well, I went to see [u]The Singing Revolution[/u] with my sweetie yesterday. The story it told is amazing, that the small Estonian nation was able to hold onto its national identity and throw off the Soviet yoke largely through their folk song tradition and their annual Song Festival. The importance of song to the Estonians seemed to me rather like the importance of song to the Welsh, who also hold such large festivals and which allowed them to maintain their national identity -- Welsh is still a living Celtic language. Admittedly, luck and time played a part in their success -- it turned out that their own government, still under Soviet control, had become more responsive, and the Soviet Union itself was falling apart. Had the singers tried such a push 10 years earlier, the Soviet tanks would turned Tallinn into another Prague. [/font] [font=Century Gothic]That said, I would have to say that the documentary itself, while well done, was not exceptional. The documentarians did a good job of contacting most of the relevant parties, and they made this film close enough to the event that there were many who could contribute. Linda Hunt's narration was fine, but this is a film about how singing fueled a peaceful revolution -- it seemed like it should have had more zing. It was probably too much to expect something like "Broadway Melody" from [u]Singin' in the Rain[/u], but a little more flash would have made the film watching experience better -- the actual historical event was one worth capturing, and the filmmakers did an adequate job -- they could have done more. [/font]
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