Friday, July 17, 2009

THE SINGING REVOLUTION-documentary film about the liberation of a nation, Estonia--through singing

Continuing with my love for choral music, I should talk about another documentary that we watched recently which was titled THE SINGING REVOLUTION. The film tells the story of the tiny Soviet Union country of Estonia, who managed to win their independence without guns or tanks or bombs. Their weapon was their voices. The collective singing of a million people set them free from the Soviet Union and led to the eventual crumbling of the entire Soviet Union.

From the website for the documentary (click here to visit the singing revolution)
"Most people don’t think about singing when they think about revolutions. But song was the weapon of choice when, between 1987 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."

This film demonstrates the power of music and singing. We got it on won't be disappointed.

Here's the trailer:

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