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.
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.