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November 4, 2010
BAM, Brooklyn, NY
7 pm screening. Q&A to follow.
THE PEOPLE SPEAK (2009)
Directed by Howard Zinn, Chris Moore and Anthony Arnove.
A special screening with Josh Brolin, Staceyann Chin, David Strathairn, Allison Moorer, and other special guests.
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Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday people, this documentary gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout US history. Narrated by acclaimed historian Howard Zinn and based on his best-selling A People's History of the United States, THE PEOPLE SPEAK features dramatic and musical performances by Allison Moorer, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Josh Brolin, Kerry Washington, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, P!nk, Sean Penn, Staceyann Chin, and more.
Q&A with actor and producer Josh Brolin, Staceyann Chin, David Strathairn, Allison Moorer, and other special guests.
Getting to BAM
Online tickets available now at
Box office and ticketing information
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And commentary from Salon:
The History News Network:
And on the apparent FBI informant in the Boston University administration:
“Welcome to the Plutocracy,” a lecture by Bill Moyers
Enjoy an illuminating presentation, in memory of Howard Zinn, by veteran broadcast journalist and political commentator Bill Moyers. Moyers has been recognized, during his forty-year career, as one of the unique voices of his generation. The lecture will be held Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Metcalf Ballroom in the George Sherman Union.
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And a transcript:
“The People Speak is a unique celebration of British history. Through live performances and readings The People Speak will highlight significant moments in our history where people have spoken out for change. Taking part in the event are some of the U.K’s leading actors and musicians.
“The event will take place at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End on Sunday 19th September 2010. It will be co-directed and narrated by BAFTA award-winning and Oscar nominated actor Colin Firth.”
Performers now include Sir Ben Kingsley, Ian McKellen, Benjamin Zephaniah, Kelly Macdonald, Joss Stone, Noel Clarke, Celia Imrie, Arundhati Roy and Mark Steel.
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And recent news coverage:
Colin Firth and star-studded cast deliver a British history lesson
The Guardian (UK)
September 19, 2010
Colin Firth, Ian McKellen, et al. set for The People Speak Benefit
September 17, 2010
Colin Firth to host West End charity show
September 17, 2010
Firth, McKellen, et al. set for “The People Speak”
September 17, 2010
Ben Kingsley: “The web is destroying English”
October 29, 2010
BOB DYLAN - Do Re Mi
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - The Ghost Of Tom Joad
EDDIE VEDDER - Masters Of War
PINK - Dear Mr. President
RANDY NEWMAN - Sail Away
LUPE FIASCO - American Terrorist
JACKSON BROWNE - The Drums Of War
JOHN LEGEND - What's Going On
EXENE CERVENKA & JOHN DOE - See How We Are
TAJ MAHAL - Blues With A Feeling
ALLISON MOORER - Brother Can You Spare A Dime
RICH ROBINSON - Only A Pawn In Their Game
Only genuine passion for an extraordinary and powerful project could bring together artists ranging from Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Lupe Fiasco and John Legend to Randy Newman, Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder for exclusive live performances. They and others are heard on The People Speak (Verve/UMe), the soundtrack of the documentary being released December 8, 2009, in conjunction with the December 13 broadcast of the film set to air on History.
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Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, The People Speak focuses on the concept of democracy based on the lives and experiences of ordinary Americans who, through their words and actions, changed the course of history. Narrated by Howard Zinn and based on his bestselling book, A People's History of the United States, and Voices of a People's History, this groundbreaking documentary film illustrates the relevance of these passionate historical moments to our society today, reminding us that democracy is not a spectator sport and to never take liberty for granted. A journey from the founding of this country to the civil rights movement and beyond, The People Speak uses star power to celebrate democracy: executive producer Matt Damon reads from The Declaration of Independence; Bruce Springsteen performs Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land"; while other accomplished performers, including Morgan Freeman, Marisa Tomei, Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, Kerry Washington, Bob Dylan and Eddie Vedder lend their voices to help re-create the emotional impact of these moments in history.
The DVD can be purchased at:
And a review from Yes! magazine: