About the Film: First occupied by the Soviets in 1939, then by the Nazis, and then by the Soviets again, Estonia lived through decades of terror. By the end of World War II, more than one-quarter of the population had been deported to Siberia, been executed, or had fled the country. Music sustained the Estonian people during those years, helping to maintain the Estonian language and sense of culture. It was such a crucial part of their struggle for freedom that their successful bid to re-establish their independence is known as the Singing Revolution.
The Singing Revolution film shares how, between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly to sing forbidden patriotic songs and share protest speeches, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence. - www.singingrevolution.com
Presented by the Lafayette Chorus Boosters
in partnership with filmmakers Jim & Maureen Tusty.
Running Time: 97 minutes.
Copyright 2008 Sky Films Inc.
A film such as this is often not rated in the U.S.,
however, in Canada it received a rating of PG for mild violence.
More about the rating and appropriateness for children.
Special Lexington Screening
Come hear the incredible story of the Singing Revolution! See how vocal music quite literally changed the world. An inspiring story for all lovers of music and the arts. Support Lafayette Choir in this one-of-a-kind event.
Sat, March 15 • 7PM
Lexington Christian Academy
450 W. Reynolds Rd
with performance by the Lafayette Choir
Tickets online, by phone or at the door.
Proceeds to benefit the Lafayette Choir performance equipment fund.
"INSPIRING!... GRIPPING!... A STORY OF HOW FEELINGS BECAME SONGS, SONGS BECAME A NATIONAL VOICE AND VOICE BECAME ACTION!"
Robert Abele, LA Times
"TEARS SEEM TO FLOW WHEREVER THE FILM IS SCREENED - THE EMOTION OF THE MUSIC AND THE STORY SPARK A REACTION AMONGST ESTONIANS AND FOREIGNERS ALIKE."
Joel Alas, Baltic Times
"IMAGINE THE SCENE IN “CASABLANCA” IN WHICH THE FRENCH PATRONS SING “LA MARSEILLAISE” IN DEFIANCE OF THE GERMANS, THEN MULTIPLY ITS POWER BY A FACTOR OF THOUSANDS, AND YOU’VE ONLY BEGUN TO IMAGINE THE FORCE OF "THE SINGING REVOLUTION".”
Matt Zoller Seitz, The New York Times
Subject areas: Music, Art, World History, Geography
Topics: Communism, Estonian History and Culture, Freedom, Nonviolent Revolution, Soviet Union
Teacher's Guide - izzit.org