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Howard Zinn - You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
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. ~ Tracie Cooper,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"A provocative documentary on a life that could easily be described as a moving train."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Loaded with fantastic old footage and photographs of the Vietnam War, of the American civil rights movement and of Zinn's own family."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"a spare but dazzling portrait of a unique man and soulful progressive"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"They generally sit back and let the genial, even cheerful Zinn tell his story."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It's an excellent introduction to a man whose thoughts on war, peace and dissent have become increasingly influential in ever more confusing times."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Finally, a documentary about one of America's most important academics."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"A thinker and an educator, Zinn has led a life of commitment and compassion, and the film offers a loving tribute."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A flattering but soft documentary about Howard Zinn."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The sparkle of Zinn, who as a liberal toiling for decades for the common man yet seeing so many of them continue to vote instead for the side that wishes them such ill might be expected to have become embittered, remains as bright and infectious as ever."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"A nice companion piece to Fahrenheit 9/11, this moving Train will only feed the country's election-year interest in politics."
‑ , E! Online
"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."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"'Compassion' is a word the man himself uses a lot, and it's what makes the film so invigorating. Ending the movie with eloquent words about how to live a hopeful life, he is 82 and he continues to fight for what he believes in."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"An example of film editing at its finest: Ellis and Mueller combine archival footage, contemporary interviews, voice-over narration (by Matt Damon) based on Zinn's writing, and music with a skill that can only be borne of thoughtful contemplation."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Thoughtful, exciting, moving."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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