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The Singing Revolution (2006)

Unrated | | Documentary, History, Music | December 2007 (USA)
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Most people don't think about singing when they think about revolutions. But song was the weapon of choice when, between 1986 and 1991, Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Heiki Ahonen Heiki Ahonen ... Himself
Gustav Ernesaks Gustav Ernesaks ... Himself (archive footage)
Linda Hunt ... Narrator
Mari-Ann Kelam Mari-Ann Kelam ... Herself
Tunne Kelam Tunne Kelam ... Himself
Mart Laar Mart Laar ... Himself
Marju Lauristin Marju Lauristin ... Herself
Ivo Linna Ivo Linna ... Himself
Tiia-Ester Loitme Tiia-Ester Loitme ... Herself
Alo Mattiisen Alo Mattiisen ... Himself (archive footage)
Lennart Meri Lennart Meri ... Himself (archive footage)
Lagle Parek Lagle Parek ... Herself
Arnold Rüütel Arnold Rüütel ... Himself
Edgar Savisaar Edgar Savisaar ... Himself
Imre Sooäär Imre Sooäär ... Himself
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Most people don't think about singing when they think about revolutions. But song was the weapon of choice when, between 1986 and 1991, Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of Soviet occupation. During those years, hundreds of thousands gathered in public to sing forbidden patriotic songs and to rally for independence. "The young people, without any political party, and without any politicians, just came together ... not only tens of thousands but hundreds of thousands ... to gather and to sing and to give this nation a new spirit," remarks Mart Laar, a Singing Revolution leader featured in the film and the first post-Soviet Prime Minister of Estonia. "This was the idea of the Singing Revolution." James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty's "The Singing Revolution" tells the moving story of how the Estonian people peacefully regained their freedom--and helped topple an empire along the way. Written by Maureen Tusty

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USA | Estonia

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English | Estonian | Russian

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December 2007 (USA) See more »

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Daloló forradalom See more »

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Estonia

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,155, 14 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$330,017, 31 August 2008
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Moving Documentary
23 July 2009 | by rveneziaSee all my reviews

I rented this documentary from Netflix not expecting a whole lot, but I was so wrong and it was so well done and deserved more recognition and praise. This movie is a very moving documentary that shows how little Estonia defied the Soviet Union by singing. The Singing Revolution tells the true story how Estonia through song got their independence from the Soviet Union.

Now the questions must be asked how is this possible, how can singing change the world, well Estonia can show you how. Using music and interviews this documentary is a good view from anyone who loves a good and inspiring story.


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