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Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

A Film by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller

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In these turbulent times, Howard Zinn is inspiring a new generation. This acclaimed film looks at the amazing life of the renowned historian, activist and author. Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience in a time of institutionalized racism and war. His influential writings shine light on and bring voice to factory workers, immigrant laborers, African Americans, Native Americans and the working poor.

Featuring rare archival materials and interviews with Zinn and colleagues such as Noam Chomsky, You Can’t Be Neutral captures the essence of this extraordinary man who has been a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years.

Narrated by Matt Damon • Featuring music by Pearl Jam, Woody Guthrie & Billy Bragg!

What the Critics are Saying

"He has changed the consciousness of a generation." - Noam Chomsky

"Before Michael Moore, there was Howard Zinn." - Boston Herald

"A striking portrait of a truly great American." - CBS Radio

"If Fahrenheit 9/11 unveils the problem, then You Can't Be Neutral.. .offers the hope that there indeed are solutions." - Boston Phoenix

"An excellent introduction to a man whose thoughts on war, peace and dissent have become increasingly influential in ever more confusing times" - TV

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Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:
  • Bonus Footage
  • DVD-ROM materials
  • Biographies
  • Trailer Gallery
  • Howard Zinn's Recommended Reading List

Format: DVD
Release Year: 2004
Running Time: 78 minutes + bonus materials
Color: Color
Language: English


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