How We Played the Revolution

Kaip mes žaidėme revoliuciją
Director: Giedrė Žickytė

Lithuania, Documentary, 2011, 69 min., lithuanian with english subtitles, V

The story of the film begins in 1984, the very beginning of perestroika in USSR, when a group of architects decided to organize a one night music band as a New Year’s party joke in Kaunas, Lithuania. The joke proved to be so good that rumors about the new exciting rock band “Antis” spread from lips to lips. Imposing make-up and props, stylized show, and lyrics were creating pervasive caricature of the Soviet propaganda and perfectly discrediting the absurd of the Soviet reality. Soon their intellectual clownery grew into the Rock Marches – massive events involving thousands of people – that transformed into the big meetings for Lithuanian Independence later named the Singing Revolution. “How We Played the Revolution” is the story about the small country that in the certain period of history managed to overshadow all the other news headlines in the world. This is the story about the people who raised their independence with the smiles and songs regardless of the danger of the situation.

About the director:

Giedrė Žickytė was born in 1980 in Lithuania. Studied journalism at the Vilnius University, theatre and television directing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, photography and media art at the Vilnius Academy of Arts (all in Vilnius, Lithuania). In 2000 worked as TV reporter, in 2003–2004 worked as a director in Lithuanian National Radio and Television. G. Žickytė created short and full-length documentary and feature films: “The Role” (Vaidmuo, 2004), “Born Innocent” (Gimę nekalti, 2005), “Europe” (Europa, 2006, co-director Rudolfas Levulis), “Bar”(Baras, 2009, received Silver Crane Award in the Best TV Film category at the Lithuanian Film and Television Awards in 2009). Documentary film “How We Played the Revolution” was nominated for Silver Crane Award in the Best Documentary Film category in 2012.

Section: Music Moves The World

Screenplay: Giedrė Žickytė

Dir. of Photography: Audrius Kemežys, Eitvydas Doškus

Music: Viktoras Diawara, Vytautas Bikus