by Deb Ellis & Denis Mueller
First Run Features
2004, 87 min., DVD
This acclaimed film looks at the amazing life of the renowned historian, activist and author. Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience in a time of institutionalized racism and war. His influential writings shine light on and bring voice to factory workers, immigrant laborers, African Americans, Native Americans and the working poor.
Featuring rare archival materials and interviews with Zinn and colleagues such as Noam Chomsky, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train captures the essence of this extraordinary man who has been a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years.
Narrated by Matt Damon - Featuring music by Pearl Jam, Woody Guthrie & Billy Bragg.
Bonus Speeches & Interviews (Zinn on power and war, philosophy, civil rights and labor activism; excerpts with Studs Terkel; college talks; off-the-cuff interviews)
Zinn's Recommended Reading List