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Director - Deb Ellis & Denis Mueller
Run Time -  78 minutes
Language - English
Format - DVD
Year - 2004
Genre - Documentary
Educational Interest- American Studies, Biographies/Profiles, Civil Rights, History (U.S.), History (World), Human Rights, Labor Studies, Peace & Conflict Resolution, Political Science, World War II

Institutional DVD Price: $295



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 and featuring music by Pearl Jam, Woody Guthrie & Billy Bragg.


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

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