The Singing Revolution

Directed By: Maureen Castle Tusty, James Tusty, Mike Majoros
A single nation. A million voices. The fall of an empire.



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 result 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.

The Singing Revolution tells the moving and dramatic story of how the Estonian people peacefully regained their freedom–and helped topple an empire along the way. “The young people, without any political party, and without any politicians, just came together … not only tens of thousands but hundreds of thousands … to gather and to sing and to give this nation a new spirit,” remarks Mart Laar, a Singing Revolution leader featured in the film and the first post-Soviet Prime Minister of Estonia, “This was the idea of the Singing Revolution.”


Heiki Ahonen, Gustav Ernesaks, Linda Hunt, Mari-Ann Kelam, Tunne Kelam, Mart Laar, Marju Lauristin, Ivo Linna, Tiia-Ester Loitme, Alo Mattiisen, Lennart Meri, Lagle Parek, Arnold Rüütel, Edgar Savisaar, Imre Sooäär, Hirvo Surva, Heinz Valk, Trivimi Velliste, Vaino Väljas

John Kusiak

Ron Heidt, Mike Majoros

Executive Producer
Steve & Karla Jurvetson

Maureen Castle Tusty, James Tusty, Bestor Cram, Artur Talvik, Piret Tibbo-Hudgins

Maureen Castle Tusty, James Tusty, Mike Majoros

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