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About The People Speak

Year Released:
2009
Genres:
Documentary
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Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday people, this documentary feature film gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and justice. Narrated by acclaimed historian Howard Zinn and based on his best-selling books A People’s History of the United States and, with Anthony Arnove, Voices of a People’s History of the United States, The People Speak illustrates the relevance of these passionate historical moments to our society today and reminds us never to take liberty for granted.

The People Speak features dramatic and musical performances by a range of artists including Benjamin Bratt, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, David Strathairn, Don Cheadle, Eddie Vedder, Jasmine Guy, John Legend, Josh Brolin, Kerry Washington, Lupe Fiasco, Marisa Tomei, Martín Espada, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, P!nk, Q’orianka Kilcher, Rosario Dawson, Sandra Oh, Sean Penn, Staceyann Chin, and Viggo Mortensen. (Digital presentation.)

Filmmaker Anthony Arnove is scheduled to be present.

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