I am fairly well-steeped in Estonian restoration of independence lore, but this moving documentary nevertheless prompted some spine-shivers and tears in my eyes.
Well-organized and edited, structured chronologically and paced well, it is also balanced -- not only Estonian Independence Party, Heritage Conservation, Popular Front leaders but the era's top communists are interviewed.
Though perhaps guilty of a little dramatic exaggeration here and there (or maybe we just no longer realize just how close to "eradication" Estonia was) it never oversimplifies things. For example, it manages to explain the meaning of individual key songs ("Land Of My Fathers, Land That I Love") in surprising depth without losing any perspective for laymen.
I learned something new, too -- the story of Joost and Milli, the two policemen who kept the Tallinn TV tower from being taken by Soviet forces during the Moscow putsch, buying enough time for Estonian legislators to finally take the ultimate step (unanimous) of declaring independence restored.
Incidentally, does anyone know if a decent live version of "Koit" from before 1990 exists? Not that we really need one -- the studio take with the snare and horn intro is definitive. But it is such a moving song that surely Tõnis Mägi belted out at least one live gem in his prime.