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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.

For more information, check out www.firstrunfeatures.com.

"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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