The Singing Revolution

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Overview

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 their protests. It ...
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Overview

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 their protests. It was no coincidence that Estonia subsequently became one of the first nations to break away from the Soviet Union in the events leading up to the fall of the Iron Curtain. The documentary The Singing Revolution chronicles this extraordinary yet seldom-told chain of events.
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Special Features

Newsreel footage; Extended interviews; Filmmaker interview; Filmmakers' audio commentary
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • UPC: 767685136171
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,802

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Linda Hunt Voice Only
Technical Credits
Mike Majoros Director, Editor, Screenwriter
James Tusty Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Maureen Castle Tusty Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Miguel Angel Aponte-Rios Cinematographer
Bestor Cram Producer
Thor Halvorssen Producer
Steve Jurvetson Executive Producer
Karla Jurvetson Executive Producer
John Kusiak Score Composer
Jeremy Leach Cinematographer
Christopher Szwedo Cinematographer
Artur Talvik Producer
Piret Tibbo-Hudgins Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Singing Revolution
1. Open [8:42]
2. WWII (1939-1945) [9:22]
3. Post WWII (1945-1969) [11:17]
4. Song Festival Protest (1969) [5:18]
5. Gorbachev & Early Protests (1985-1987) [8:27]
6. The Singing Revolution Begins (1987-1988) [8:40]
7. THings Come Together (1988-1989) [14:02]
8. Things Heat Up (1990-1991) [7:57]
9. The Moscow Coup (1991) [12:03]
10. Close [11:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Singing Revolution
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Audio Setup
      2.0 Stereo
      5.1 Surround
      Directors' Commentary
   Extras
      Play All
      Newsreel: Soviet Propaganda Film
      Newsreel: 1945 Valta Newsreel
      Newsreel: 1956 Hungarian Revolution "Year In Review"
      Extended Interviews: Soviet Education & Youth
      Extended Interviews: Details On the 1987 Hieve Park Demonstration
      Extended Interviews: Role of Culture Under Soviet Occupation
      Interview With Filmmakers James & Maureen Tusty
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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    Passing Down Hope Through Song

    As an American with absolutely no ties to Eastern Europe and barely any memory of communism, I found this film exceptionally moving. It's an excellent documentary 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. Be prepared for some heart-wrenching personal stories and terrifying wartime footage. The website has additional resources for teachers.

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