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The Singing Revolution -- 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 nation might vanish completely; yet the Estonians waited, and fought, and sang, and ultimately, survived. THE SINGING REVOLUTION narrates the remarkable story of this tiny nation's struggle for independence, illuminating how the Estonians kept their identity alive - even under the oppressive weight of the Iron Curtain - through a rich tradition of song. Here, people have joined voices for centuries, and their Laulupidu (immense song festival) offered glimmers of Estonian culture and connectedness in even the bleakest periods, proving to "The Singing People" that their national spirit still smoldered. When the Soviet nation finally began to crumble in the 1980s, the Estonians saw their opportunity: free speech became song, and song became a soaring anthem of independence. Dramatically capturing the spectacular beauty of Estonia and the overwhelming sea of people and sound that brought this nation together, THE SINGING REVOLUTION celebrates a people who revolted with no weapons but their songs, no force but their unstoppable dream.
The Singing Revolution -- The story of how the Estonian people peacefully regained their freedom -- and helped topple an empire along the way.

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Writers:
Mike Majoros (written by)
James Tusty (written by)
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December 2007 (USA) See more »
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Most people don't think about singing when they think about revolutions. But song was the weapon of choice when... See more » | Full synopsis »
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On DVD: "Our Man in Havana," "The Singing Revolution"
 (From IFC. 3 February 2009, 6:55 AM, PST)

The Singing Revolution
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 19 December 2007)

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Cast

 
Heiki Ahonen ... Himself
Gustav Ernesaks ... Himself (archive footage)

Linda Hunt ... Narrator
Mari-Ann Kelam ... Herself
Tunne Kelam ... Himself
Mart Laar ... Himself
Marju Lauristin ... Herself
Ivo Linna ... Himself
Tiia-Ester Loitme ... Herself
Alo Mattiisen ... Himself (archive footage)
Lennart Meri ... Himself (archive footage)
Lagle Parek ... Herself
Arnold Rüütel ... Himself
Edgar Savisaar ... Himself
Imre Sooäär ... Himself
Hirvo Surva ... Himself
Heinz Valk ... Himself
Trivimi Velliste ... Himself
Vaino Väljas ... Himself

Directed by
James Tusty 
Maureen Castle Tusty 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mike Majoros  written by
James Tusty  written by
Maureen Castle Tusty  written by

Produced by
Bestor Cram .... producer
Thor Halvorssen .... producer
Katlin Jensen .... associate producer
Steve & Karla Jurvetson .... executive producer
Artur Talvik .... producer
David B. Thayer .... associate producer
Piret Tibbo-Hudgins .... producer
James Tusty .... producer
Maureen Castle Tusty .... producer
Anu Uibo .... first assistant producer
 
Original Music by
John Kusiak 
 
Cinematography by
Miguelangel Aponte-Rios 
 
Film Editing by
Mike Majoros  (as Michael Majoros)
 
Sound Department
Richard Bock .... sound mixer
Rasmus Nurk .... on-location audio
 
Visual Effects by
Kathleen Fitch .... post production coordinator
Ron Heidt .... online editor
Jody Lee .... graphic design
Rodrigo Munoz .... graphic design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rein Kotov .... assistant camera
Uno Lahtein .... electrician
Jeremy Leach .... camera operator
Rein Pruul .... camera operator
Chris Szwedo .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
D.C. Cardinali .... final colorist
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
 
Music Department
P. Andrew Willis .... composer: additional music (as Andrew Willis)
 
Other crew
Heiki Ahonen .... special consultant
Miguelangel Aponte-Rios .... operator
Sharon Burstein .... special consultant
Bestor Cram .... production assistant
Tom Gliserman .... special consultant
Paul Goble .... special consultant
Mari-Ann Kelam .... special consultant
Tunne Kelam .... special consultant
Janis Kesans .... intern
Mart Laar .... special consultant
Marju Lauristin .... special consultant
Jeremy Leach .... operator
Paul Leudig .... special consultant
Lennart Meri .... special consultant
Janis Notte .... intern
Vern Oakley .... special consultant
Imbi Paju .... special consultant
Katlin Palm .... intern
Hillevi and Sven Paul .... special consultant
Dan Setton .... special consultant
Hagi Shein .... special consultant
Tiina Soomet .... special consultant
Artur Talvik .... production assistant
Piret Tibbo-Hudgins .... production assistant
Ilmar Vanderer .... special consultant
 
Thanks
Olga and Walter Kistler .... special thanks
 

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Another Life Affirming Film, 19 June 2008
Author: Seamus2829 from United States

If you're thing is seeing quality documentaries about well kept secrets, 'The Singing Revolution' is the film for you. The film focuses on the tiny nation of Estonia (located in the Baltics,south of Finland),who dealt with hundreds of years of political oppression, from neighboring countries (Poland,Russia,Germany---especially during World War 2). Despite not having a military,the people of Estonia kept their heads about them by celebrating their culture,especially their music (Estonia has a rich legacy of more folk music than any other European country). A good block of this film concerns a yearly music festival,where performers & audience are truly the same thing). After seeing this astonishing documentary,and how the people of this country dealt with oppression from the Nazi's, as well as the Soviet Union thru their music, I exited the cinema with my head in the clouds. It is a very well written (taken from the book of the same name) & directed account of the human spirit & overcoming obstacles. If this film is playing in your area, by all means, don't miss it!

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