The Singing Revolution
- Lenox, MA
The Singing Revolution (2007, 1hr 37mins)
Most people don’t think about music when they think about revolution, but song was the weapon of choice when Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of Soviet occupation. The Singing Revolution 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. While violence and bloodshed were the unfortunate end results in other occupied nations of the USSR, the revolutionary songs of the Estonians anchored their struggle for freedom, which was ultimately accomplished without the loss of a single life.