The Singing Revolution
James & Maureen Tusty
Steve & Karla Jurvetson
Maureen Castle Tusty
Total Running Time:
Music 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 fields to sing forbidden patriotic songs and to rally for independence. James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tustys The Singing Revolution documents how the Estonian people sang their way to freedom while helping topple an empire. Four years in the making, the film reflects the indomitable human drive for personal freedom, political independence, and self-determinationas the late Milton Friedman put it, this film will unquestionably have the effect of strengthening the belief in freedom on the part of anybody who watches it." The Singing Revolution is a moving, intensely human testament to the sustaining power of hope and the motivating strength of song. The most successful documentary film in Estonian box-office history, this unforgettable film has come to the U.S. thanks to MPI.
As of fall 2008, The Singing Revolution is available on DVD. A gorgeously illustrated companion book has also just been published. Proceeds go to charity. Find out more at SingingRevolution.com.
Best Documentary (co-winner), Savannah Film Festival, 2007
Diane Passage Jury Prize, Savannah Film Festival, 2007
Most Inspirational Film, Boulder International Film Festival, 2008
2013-09-16 | The Singing Revolution screens at 7:45 p.m. at the Lark Theater in Larkspur, CA. The event features a performance by les etoiles, the teen girl ensemble of Singers Marin. There is also a filmmaker SKYPE interview after the screening with Jim and Maureen. Click here for more information.
2013-03-24 | The Singing Revolution screens at 3:30 p.m. at the Strand Theater in Rockland, ME as a fundraiser event for the Midcoast Community Chorus. Filmmaker James Tusty will be present for Q&A. Click here for more information.
2013-03-10 | The Singing Revolution screens at the Centro Arte Alameda theater in Santiago, Chile. The film played to about 150 people who found extreme relevance in their own history with Allende and Pinochet in the 1970s and 80s.View full event archive for The Singing Revolution ››