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

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Directed by Deb Ellis and Denis 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.
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Critic Reviews for Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14)

A provocative documentary on a life that could easily be described as a moving train.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Miami Herald
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Finally, a documentary about one of America's most important academics.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Los Angeles Times
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Loaded with fantastic old footage and photographs of the Vietnam War, of the American civil rights movement and of Zinn's own family.

October 14, 2004
L.A. Weekly
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A thinker and an educator, Zinn has led a life of commitment and compassion, and the film offers a loving tribute.

August 26, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

July 28, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
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Audience Reviews for Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

½

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.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan
½

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!

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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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.

Sean Chick
Sean Chick

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