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

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Matt Damon narrates this biographical portrait of leading American historian, teacher and dissident Howard Zinn. Using historical footage and contemporary interviews, the controversial author of 'A People's History of the United States' is revealed to be a warm humanist and one of the most inspiring thinkers of our time -- a man about whom Noam Chomsky said, "it is no exaggeration to say that he has changed the consciousness of a generation."

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Critic Reviews for Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

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

October 29, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Miami Herald
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Finally, a documentary about one of America's most important academics.

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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.

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 3.5/4
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

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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½

[font=Century Gothic]"Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" is an inspiring documentary about the respected historian, activist and occasional playwright, Howard Zinn. A bombing run towards the end of World War II changed his thinking towards war and he started thinking about how to achieve social justice without resorting to violence.(Zinn's philosophy of pacifism is not a passive one and he believes in the practice of civil disobedience.) Later on, after he became a professor, he was deeply involved in the civil rights and antiwar movements, up to the present day when activism is at its most necessary, sometimes to the detriment of his own career. [/font] [font=Century Gothic]Zinn teaches the history of average people who have made a difference and continue to do so everyday, not the government which is often in conflict with its own people.(He is best known for writing "The People's History of the United States" which I have not yet read.) Zinn believes that education need not be entirely confined to classrooms but also on the streets where students can make a difference.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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