The Singing Revolution
The Singing Revolution (2007)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: February 3, 2009
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

'Nonstop Estonian folk music' might not be a great format for a radio station, but it sure works for The Singing Revolution.

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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

One of the most inspirational and powerful documentaries I've ever seen.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.'

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Patience may not the most exciting movie subject, but The Singing Revolution is, in its deceptively mild way, inspiring.

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Keith Breese
Filmcritic.com

a film that joyfully celebrates the power of the human spirit in all its glory.

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

The thrill of this documentary is in the remarkable story of the Little Country That Could.

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Desson Thomson
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a powerful story of a nation that, almost literally, sang its way to freedom.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

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