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Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004)

Cast: Howard Zinn, Matt Damon, Noam Chomsky, more...
Director: Deb Ellis, Dennis Mueller
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Studio: First Run Features
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 78 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
Directed by Deb Ellis and Dennis Mueller, Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train offers a retrospective on the life and times of Howard Zinn. Activist, best-selling author, and historian, Zinn is considered the catalyst for some of the most notable progressive movements of the past 60 years. Noam Chomsky, who claims that Zinn "changed the consciousness of a generation," is featured in several interviews, along with Marian Wright Edelman, Alice Walker, Tom Hayden, Daniel Ellsberg, and Zinn himself. The documentary also features rare archival footage. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

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Hero by talltale August 23, 2005 - 8:43 PM PDT
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Hagiography can be more appropriate than you might think--when the hero in question is someone like the subject of the lovely documentary HOWARD ZINN: YOU CAN'T BE NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN. The film gives us Zinn's early life, his work with unions and in the military, his growing concern for and understanding of how America works, his involvement in Vietnam and onwards into our post-9/11 world. I'd call him a real patriot, unlike the current set of sleaze-bags who parade their "patriotism" while robbing us blind of everything worthwhile: environment, capital, and decency (three out of many). Recommend this to your Republican friends who still maintain any equilibrium and kindness; see if it rings bells for them in ANY manner. As Zinn would tell us, these are the people who we need to win. And you never know where and when the seed of truth will take root.




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