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New Audiovisual Items Added to the Library's Collection May 2012

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The Singing Revolution [videorecording] / a film by James Tusty and
Maureen Castle Tusty ; producers, Maureen Castle Tusty, James Tusty,
Bestor Cram, Artur Talvik, Piret Tibbo-Hudgins ; directors/writers,
Maureen Castle Tusty, James Tusty, Mike Majoros.
New York : Sky Films, 2008.
3 videodiscs : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guide (29 p. : ill. (most
col.) ; 18 cm.)
Tells the story of Estonia's non-violent struggle for freedom from Soviet
occupation. Song was the weapon of choice in 1987-1991 when Estonians
wanted to end the occupation. The Singing Revolution is the name of the
step-by-step process that led to the reestablishment of Estonian
independence in 1991, a non-violent revolution that overthrew a very
violent occupation. It was called the Singing Revolution because of the
role that singing played in the protests of the mid-1980s. Singing had
always been a major unifying force for Estonians during the 50 years of
Soviet rule. It began with the Laulupidu song festival in 1947 and a poem
set to music that escaped the Soviet censors and became the rallying song
of the people. The poem, written by Lydia Koidula, was Mu isamaa on minu
arm (Land of my fathers, land that I love). The composer was Gustav
Ernesaks. Includes archival film footage and commentary from many
survivors of the era.
Disc 1 (100 min.): Open -- WWII (1939-1945) -- Post WWII (1945-1969) --
Song Festival Protest (1969) -- Gorbachev & early protests (1985-1987) --
The singing revolution begins (1987-1988) -- Things come together
(1988-1989) -- Things heat up (1990-1991) -- The Moscow coup (1991) --
Close (98 min.) ; special features (director's commentary sound track;
segment of Soviet propaganda film (in Russian with English subtitles ; 2
min. : b&w).
Disc 2 (157 min.): 1939-1956, the Soviet & Nazi occupations: Comments on
the Atlantic Charter/Yalta/Hungarian uprising (8 min.) ; Estonians fleeing
Stalin, waiting to return (13 min.) ; Deportation stories (Mari-Ann Kelam,
Enn Sarv, Heiki Ahonen, Heino Noor, Tiia-Ester Loitme, Matti Pats) (ca. 35
min.) ; Forest Brother Alfred Kaarmann extended story (51 min.) ; Soviet
propaganda film (2 min.) ; newsreels, b&w (1939 Soviet/Nazi joint victory
parade in Poland, 4 min. ; 1945 Yalta newsreel, 8 min.; 1956 Hungarian
revolution, 4 min.) ; PC-printable documents for 1939-1956) -- 1957-1986,
The stagnation years: The role of Finnish TV, Voice of America, & Radio
Free Europe (7 min.) ; Comments from Trivimi Velliste, the Acorn Book Club
(9 min.) ; Estonian dissidents (7 min.) ; Soviet education & youth (13
min.) ; Estonian Independence Day (2 min.) ; PC-printable documents for
Disc 3 (128 min.): 1987-1991, the Singing Revolution: Details on the 1987
Hirve Park demonstration (11 min.) ; Comments on the Popular Front (9
min.) ; Tunne Kelam on the citizens registration (10 min.) ; Comments on
Gorbachev (7 min.) ; Role of culture under Soviet occupation (7 min.) ;
Comments on the role of Vaino Valjas (32 min.) ; The Baltic bloc, MRP
acknowledged in Moscow (9 min.) ; Comments on the August 1991 coup (20
min.) ; PC-printable documents for 1987-1991 -- Song festival/Laulupidu :
Importance of the song festival , Laulupidu (14 min.) ; Song festival
performance, Ilus maa/Beautiful land (8 min.) ; Song festival performance,
boys' choirs (3 min.) ; PC-printable documents -- Filmmakers' interview
(James and Maureen Tusty) (8 min.); Borders of Europe over time (maps) ;
PC printable documents

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