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Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
A film by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller

78 minutes + bonus materials, documentary, color, English, 2010


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Synopsis

Author, activist, historian and beloved folk hero Howard Zinn has been an integral part of the First Run legacy for many years. Howard, who passed away in 2010, lent his support to many First Run films (many of which he also appeared in), the most recent being the Oscar-nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Howard hid copies of the Pentagon Papers for Ellsberg, and he later served as an expert witness for the defense at Ellsberg’s trial. In his recollections of Zinn, Ellsberg writes that his friend is “the best human being I’ve ever known [and] the best example of what a human can be.”

Learn more about this remarkable man through this Commemorative Edition of our best-selling documentary, featuring over an hour of new bonus materials.

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 on a Moving Train captures the essence of this extraordinary man who was a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years.

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


Watch a Scene from the Film

IN THIS SCENE: A look at Dr. Zinn's views on non-violence and civil disobedience and his actions as a leader seeking to bring an end to the Vietnam War.




Reviews

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

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

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

" Exciting, moving!" - Christian Science Monitor

"Illuminating, rousing!" - LA Weekly


Recommended Reading

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times by Howard Zinn

Voices of a People's History of the United States ed. Howard Zinn & Anthony Arnove

The Zinn Reader by Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn: A Radical American Vision by David D. Joyce


Links

Read FRF's interview with directors Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller

Read about the Zinn Education Project, an effort co-sponsored by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change.

Read the review in the LA Weekly.


Disc Features

●  Bonus Speeches & Interviews (Zinn on power and war, philosophy, civil rights and labor activism; excerpts with Studs Terkel; college talks; off-the-cuff interviews)
●  Zinn’s Recommended Reading List
●  Speech Transcripts
●  Film Excerpts
●  Daniel Ellsberg’s A Memory of Howard Zinn


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