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Singing Revolution [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Heiki Ahonen , Gustav Ernesaks , James Tusty , Maureen Castle Tusty    DVD
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  • Actors: Heiki Ahonen, Gustav Ernesaks, Linda Hunt, Mari-Ann Kelam, Tunne Kelam
  • Directors: James Tusty, Maureen Castle Tusty
  • Writers: James Tusty, Maureen Castle Tusty, Mike Majoros
  • Producers: Anu Uibo, Artur Talvik, Bestor Cram
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CQS7M4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving 6 April 2010
This is a lovely film. It's the least dry documentary I've ever seen and there is a moment of genuinely beautiful beahvour on the part of the whole nation of Estonia. Wonderful. Be aware that you cannot show it on an ordinary DVD player but we watched it on the computer very easily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Courage of Small Countries 17 Mar 2009
Far too little has been said about why the Soviet Union collapsed, freeing the captive nations of Eastern Europe. Perhaps that is because during the 1970s and 1980s all too many in our chattering classes invested their intellectual capital in criticizing President Reagan's claim that communism was doomed to a soon demise. Few are as unwilling to admit their errors as intellectuals.

This documentary tells the story of how Estonia, a small country that, judging by this film, must have some of the prettiest women in the world, won its freedom from communist domination. Like Poland, Latvia and the other Baltic countries, for centuries the Estonian people have fought to retain their national identity despite invasions and conquests from the east and west, the most recently being the Soviet-German-Soviet occupations between 1939 and 1991. As you will see in this film, one key to the retention of Estonia's national identity was a tradition that included enormous folk music festivals with thousands of singers.

I will not spoil this excellent documentary by describing the actual events through which a nation of a little over a million people took on the Soviet superpower, but I will stress that history offers us no guarantee of happiness and security. Though shrunken in size, Russia is still behaving like a bully and, as G. K. Chesterton warned almost a century ago, the peace of Europe hinges on keeping the little countries of Eastern Europe free and independent.

In 1932, Chesterton warned that, if Britain and France did not stand firm, the next war would break out over a border dispute between Germany and Poland, precisely what happened in 1939. Like Churchill, Chesterton was ridiculed for his alarmist point of view, but what was true then remains true today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Estonia 20 July 2013
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The DVD on its own was very verry good but I have seen years ago a film about Estonia called "Letters from the East (1996 ). This DVD does not refer to the original "Human Chain".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of the power of the human spirit 2 Dec 2008
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We miss things, we here in the most powerful nation on earth. I was alive when Estonia was fighting for its independence only I wasn't paying attention. Much of the world turned its back on this repressed nation. The music is glorious and the people are inspiring. "The Singing Revolution" proves that desire trumps death. They were not powerful, but they sang their way to freedom, a revolution bought with breath not blood. You will feel hopeful for the entire world after experiencing this film. It made me proud, it made me cry, it made me think. It reminded me that I should pay attention to the rest of the world.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Story! 5 Dec 2008
By A. Visser - Published on
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This is a film that is carried by its 'too wonderously powerful to be fiction' story. While we in the US were focused on confronting the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the peoples of the subjugated Baltic and Slavic nations were struggling to maintain their national identities and cultures. Each nation has a tale to tell (Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution, Ukraine's Orange Revolution, Georgia's Rose Revolution) This film shows us how the people of Estonia sang their culture and nation through this ordeal. Although I agree with much of what the other reviewers have written regarding the technical filmaking aspects of this film (somewhat lacking in deep individual character development), I had to give "The Singing Revolution" five stars for the power of the story itself. See this film and revel in a triumph of true strength over opression!
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A former resident 12 Feb 2009
By colmlt - Published on
Having lived in Tallinn from 1999 to 2001, I was particularily interested in the Singing Revolution when it came out to theaters around the country. When the DVD was produced, I am sure I was one of the first to purchase it. This is a compelling story of a country and its people who struggled to maintain their cultural identity from the 40s to the early 90s in the face of severe opposition at the hands of the Soviets. Having lived there, I was able to learn first hand about the struggles so poignantly depicted in the DVD. Since I have received the DVD, I have shared it on many occasions with friends and family. It is a story that needs to be told to everyone. You won't be disappointed when you purchase and view this documentary.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 20 April 2009
By Kairus - Published on
I saw the movie in a theatre last year, and just watched it again on a DVD. What a story and a lesson in history!!! I wonder how many people know that the Soviet Union was anything but a big happy family? That the Baltic nations (and many more...) were held captive behind the Iron Curtain against their free will? That there was genocide going on and the outside world had no idea?! Makes me wonder about Cuba, China and other places like that today...
I enjoyed the movie from the very beginning until the very end, but there were 3 scenes that were exceptionally powerful:
1) The 2 Estonian policemen (these guys had some balls!!) protecting the TV tower inside while unarmed locals with linked arms were standing guard outside against the approaching tanks and massive numbers of Soviet soldiers.
2) Over a million people creating a human chain through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by joining hands.
3) The scene where the average (unarmed, of course) Estonians went to protect their Parliament building from hordes of hostile Russians - and after surrounding them, peacefully parting ways to let the enemies go through. That sight was just so... CIVILIZED that it was almost surreal!
I could keep on going but I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet. (Oh, I cannot help myself, just one last thing - the scenes where 30,000 people were singing together! UNREAL!!! And the music is beautiful.)
I highly recommend this movie to anyone interested in any of the following subjects: culture, history, USSR and fall of the Evil Empire, choral music, ideas on how to start a peaceful revolution of your own, proof of why communism doesn't work and why democracy is the way to go.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is amazing 20 Jun 2009
By Liisa Mai Petersen - Published on
This movie is uplifting. It tells the story of the tiny nation of Estonia and its non-violent declaration of freedom from the Soviet Union. You do not have to be Estonian to appreciate the human elements of this masterful film. 5 stars!
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