Howard Zinn documentary to show in Juneau

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2004

Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral On a Moving Train," a film by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller about the life of the radical author, activist, historian and teacher, will play at The Gold Town Nickelodeon at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, July 30; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, July 31; and 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1.

This is its fourth stop in the country. The movie debuted June 18-24 in Portland, Ore., opened June 25 in Boston, and began July 23 in New York. It continues to Memphis, Olympia, Seattle and beyond later in August.

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"You Can't Be Neutral" follows Zinn's work for the last 60 years - from his early days in a New York City ghetto to organizing his co-workers in shipyards, to dropping munitions on Europe as a pilot in the Air Force, to a young family man and teacher at Spelman College in Atlanta and to his activism against the FBI, the Vietnam War and the Southern power establishment.

One of Zinn's best-known books, "A People's History of the United States," was published in 1980 and has sold more than a million copies.

"In his life and work, in his dedication and courage and searing honesty, Howard Zinn has become a model and inspiration for those who seek justice and peace," said Noam Chomsky, a linguist and political activist. "His contributions are truly incomparable. It is no exaggeration to say that he has changed the consciousness of a generation."

"Howard Zinn is an admirable person," Nickel-odeon owner Lisle Hebert said. "He's a noble man. The documentary is nicely done."

Matt Damon narrates the movie. The film includes music by Billy Bragg, Woody Guthrie and Eddie Vedder.

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