Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
A provocative documentary on a life that could easily be described as a moving train.
Finally, a documentary about one of America's most important academics.
Leads us on a journey through some of the major historical events of the 20th century, revealing Zinn to be far more than simply an activist version of Zelig.
Loaded with fantastic old footage and photographs of the Vietnam War, of the American civil rights movement and of Zinn's own family.
A thinker and an educator, Zinn has led a life of commitment and compassion, and the film offers a loving tribute.
His simple message -- that history is not made by the few but by the struggles of the many -- isn't out of line with typical Marxist teachings, but Zinn has always found a way to make it fresh.
Audience Reviews for Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
Brings and understanding, and a relevance, to the progression of patriotism from a WWII veteran in the 1950's, 1960's, up through the millennial change.
A great introduction to Howard Zinn and his teachings. Kudos to Matt Damon for taking part in this and kudos to anyone else who uses this as a stepping stone to learn more and then take action. Power to the people!
The whole film is just a great big round of applause for Zinn, while not asking any tough questions of the man. The best parts were about his childhood and life in the airforce. Zinn comes across as a delusional closet Communist, but I respect his guts.
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