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W H A T :

  • 35mm, TRT: 97 minutes.
  • Genre: Documentary, contemporary world history.
  • In English and Estonian with English subtitles.
  • This film is Not Rated (NR). Suggest PG for archival footage with scenes of war.
  • Post-film discussion with Mary Ellyn Hutton, Deb Kittner, Karl Steinmanis.

  • W H E N :

  • Tuesday, June 24
  • Wednesday, June 25
  • Thursday, June 26
  • All screenings at 7:00 pm,
    doors open at 6:30 pm

    W H E R E :
  • Cincinnati Art Museum,
    953 Eden Park Dr, Mt. Adams.
  • Easy Access, Free Parking
    click for Directions & Map

  • T I C K E T S :

  • Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for Art Museum members, ETA members, military families and students with valid ID.

    $7 tickets are ONLY available online, by phone, at the Museum, and at the door subject to availability.

  • Phone 859-957-3456
  • at the Art Museum or by calling 513 721 ARTS

  • ...and at these locations
    ($9 tix only, cash only),
    click each location for a map:

  • Clifton-Ludlow Ave. -
    Sitwell's Coffee House
    513 281 7487

  • Mt. Lookout Square -
    Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters
    513 871 8626

  • Northside-Hamilton Ave -
    Shake It Music & Video
    513 591 0123

  • Downtown Cincinnati -
    Coffee Emporium
    513 651 5483

  • Tickets will also be available at the door, subject to availability.

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    "Can singing change history?   THE SINGING REVOLUTION, a documentary by James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty about Estonia's struggle to end Soviet occupation, shows that it already has."
          ~ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times    ... a New York Times "Critic's Pick"

    The Singing Revolution

    "Inspiring! Gripping! ... A story of how feelings became songs,  songs became a national voice,  and voice became action!"
        ~ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

    "The Singing Revolution should be shown in all North American schools and universities and to anyone who takes their freedom for granted."
        ~ Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

    "A WONDERFUL FILM... it will have the effect of strengthening the belief in freedom on the part of anyone who watches it."
        ~ Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate
    Listen to the WVXU review >>>   


    MATT SEITZ, in his New York Times film review writes, "Imagine the scene in 'Casablanca' where 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."

    THE LARGE SCALE choral music of the Laulupidu Festival is inspiring, powerful and, for most Americans, unique — the sight and sound of 30,000 Estonians singing in harmony is not something we normally see on our movie screens.

    BUT, THE THRUST of this documentary is about freedom and how, through music and non-violent protest, the Estonians ultimately came to gain it.

    THE TINY BALTIC STATE OF ESTONIA, two-thirds the size of West Virginia with a population half that of Metro Cincinnati, has been prized by numerous invaders over centuries as a gateway to the sea. Carved up by the Germans and then the Russians in World War II, Estonia endured nearly 50 years of executions, torture, deportation, poverty and cultural genocide by the Soviet system.

    THE SOVIET UNION'S decades-long occupation of Estonia meant residents couldn't express their political views, celebrate religious holidays, or do much of anything most free people take for granted. It was their response to the oppression that set the Estonians apart. Through repeated occupations, Estonians have depended on music, and singing in particular, to affirm their national identity and raise their spirits.

    FOUR YEARS IN THE MAKING, directors James and Maureen Tusty bring us the remarkable story of individual and collective courage and what a nation can accomplish when its people act as one. This is the true story of how patience, persistence and culture saved a nation. And while music provides stirring dramatic and illustrative content, THE SINGING REVOLUTION offers some amazing archival footage and interviews with the people who actually lived the story.

    Screening at the Cincinnati Art Museum for three nights only, THE SINGING REVOLUTION has been held over for extra weeks in theatres coast-to-coast -- in towns like Santa Fe, San Jose, Albany, Tulsa, Toronto, Washington DC, Chicago, Portland, New York and San Francisco. In a world affairs context this film is especially timely, as Russia continues to chart a neo-Soviet course. So mark your calendars, tell your friends and plan to attend!

    EUROPEAN UNION PARLIAMENT and U.S. CONGRESSIONAL SCREENINGS... More than 500 people viewed the film at the EU Parliament, where it received three standing ovations. It also screened at the U.S. Congress in commemoration of Estonian President Toomas Hendrick Ilves's visit to Washington. President Ilves spoke directly to the film's crucial importance as an educational and inspiring reminder of the Estonian people's remarkable recent history.




    To complete your night out, we've arranged dinner discounts with two restaurants offering ambiance and fine food at reasonable prices:

    Andy's Mediterranean Grill is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Museum at 906 Nassau Street near Gilbert Avenue.

    Ask your server for the CWC Discount on these nights and receive receive a 10% food-and- beverage discount (excluding alcohol) for meals before or afterthe film.

    Andy's features great Lebanese meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian specialities, including Kabobs, Shwarma, Lebanese Pizza, Baba Ghannouj, Labneh, Falafel, Hummus with Tahini, etc. Reservations suggested, call 513.281.9791. Click here for directions, menu and general info and click here for a map.

    The Terrace Café at the Cincinnati Art Museum offers the convenience of a single destination for your meal and your movie; and outdoor dining in the Courtyard is available during warm weather.

    CWC ticket holders attending on Wednesday film nights receive a 10% discount (excluding alcohol); just ask your server for the CWC Discount. The restaurant fills up quickly on film nights, so reservations are recommended, call 513.639.2986. View menu here.

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    Post-Film Discussion

    Discussion Leader (all evenings):
  •   Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music Journalist

  • Special Guests:
  •   Wednesday - Deb Kittner, The Global Center of Greater Cincinnati
  •   Thursday - Karl Steinmanis, Honorary Consul, Latvia

  • Discussion Moderators:
  •   Jerry McFeeters, Tuesday
  •   Tim Swallow, Wednesday
  •   Don Lenz, Thursday

  • Mary Ellyn Hutton

    Madeira resident Mary Ellyn Hutton spent 23 years as music writer and classical music critic for The Cincinnati Post, until its demise in December, 2007.

    She has written for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Detroit Free Press, Newark Star Ledger, San Antonio Light, Musical America, MusicalAmerica.com, Opera News, Opera Now, Symphony, Chamber Music, American Record Guide and Ohio Magazine. Her writing has garnered journalism awards from the Associated Press, Scripps-Howard Newspapers and the Ohio, Cincinnati and Cleveland Society of Professional Journalists.

    At MusicInCincinnati.com, Mary Ellen continues to write about music in Cincinnati and beyond. Of particular interest to the CWC film audience, she covered the 2004 National Song Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, has visited the country many times and contributed to the Estonian dailies Eesti Päevaleht and Pärnu Postimees. She shares a love of music and fondness for Estonia with the Estonian people, "I love writing about music and musicians and I consider it a privilege to bear witness to one of the highest expressions of the human spirit."

    Trained as a violist at the University of Kentucky, Mary Ellyn earned a Master of Arts in music history at Yale University and a J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky. Her performance experience was with the Lexington Philharmonic and New Haven Symphony Orchestras and in Boston, Washington D.C., Maryland, Northern New Jersey, Maine, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Texas.

    Mary Ellyn and Jett
    Mary Ellyn and Jett