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on July 26, 2015
This arrived on time and the best part of the pricess was that I was able to order a North American version of the product while I was in Lithuania and had just viewed the movie!!
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on August 22, 2014
Emotional and moving, true history within our lifetime how Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania brought down the USSR and regained their rights and freedom.
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on February 20, 2013
An absolutely inspiring and inspired documentary, showing that music, and particularly singing, has a power that transforms and transcends .....
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on March 16, 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. The peace of Europe still depends on what happens to the little countries of Eastern Europe. The next major war could break out as Russia, collapsing as its oil and natural gas reserves become exhausted, invades little Estonia in 2019, much as it did when war began seventy years earlier.

-Michael W. Perry, Chesterton on War and Peace: Battling the Ideas and Movements That Led to Nazism and World War II
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on October 30, 2009
Even though Estonia, with a little over 1 million people did not seem to have much chance of independence from the Soviet Union they did become independent. Watching the movie "The Singing Revolution" inspired me to go to Estonia and attend the big Choir Festiveal "Laullupidu" in July 2009. The 24,705 massed choir was incredible and the pride amongst the audience was palpable. Knowing the history behind the singing made it all the more moving to be there and to see all the Estonian flags flying. Free of oppresion thanks to some very brave men and women featured in the movie.
It is a "must see" for every one to get an insight into the former USSR and the oppression of people and how the spirit of the people will not just die. In the case of the Estonians the spirit only became stronger and it shows in their tradional Dance and Choir festivals.
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on January 7, 2010
I am a first generation Canadian whose parents immigrated to Canada in the early 50's,having escaped the Communist occupation of Estonia. I first saw this film at a theatre with a friend who knew little about this Baltic country with a population of less than 2 million people. I think the fact that she was affected by this film almost as much as I was speaks for the power of the story which is documented here. The non-violent fight for independence, often using the power of a united voice through song, is amazing to say the least and it still sends chills down my spine to think about it.I highly recommend this film to anyone.
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