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The People Speak

"The People Speak" -- Monday, July 25, 7:30 PM

with a special introduction by Dave Zirin (

SOS Film Festival - ALL FILMS @ 7:30 PM - TICKETS $10

Tickets will be available at the door -- cash only -- or can be preordered at this link:

Ticket proceeds will be shared with the filmmakers and go towards the cost of this event.

THE PEOPLE SPEAK ( is inspired by Howard Zinn's groundbreaking books "A People's History of the United States" and "Voices of a People's History of the United States." Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, the documentary feature film THE PEOPLE SPEAK 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.

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The People Speak represents an opportunity very few of us are given. Not only does it present aspects of history not everybody is familiar with, it brings it to life and makes it real. For too many people history has been confined to the pages of dusty books and boring classrooms - this represents a chance to see and hear it brought alive. We may not be able to travel back in time, but this DVD brings the past to us.”

“This week’s Sprouts is a special tribute to the people’s historian Howard Zinn who passed away one year ago, January 27, 2010, at age 87. The tribute, narrated by host Brian Jones, includes selections from Zinn’s acclaimed documentary The People Speak, and live readings of his book Voices of a People's History of the United States. Readers include Wallace Shawn reading a riveting speech by Howard Zinn on civil disobedience from 1970, Danny Glover reading Frederick Douglass’s remarkable speech on the meaning of Fourth of July to a former slave, Christina Kirk reading Susan B. Anthony’s defiant words at her 1872 trial for knowingly voting without having a lawful right to vote, with Josh Brolin as the judge, and Howard Zinn himself discussing his vision of social change.”

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“Sprouts is a weekly program that features local radio production and stories from many radio stations and local media groups round the world. It is produced in collaboration with community radio stations and independent producers across the country. The program is coordinated and distributed by Pacifica Radio and offered free of charge to all radio stations.”

“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.

To enter the competition to win tickets to the event, please go to:

For more information see:

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
The Stage
September 17, 2010

Firth, McKellen, et al. set for “The People Speak”
September 17, 2010

Ben Kingsley: “The web is destroying English”
The Telegraph
October 29, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Levi’s Workshop
18 Wooster Street
New York NY 10013
Between Grand and Canal Streets in Soho

Free and open to the public.

RSVP strongly recommended, online at the Workshop:

Please join The People Speak for a special live performance and slideshow of historical photographs from the Library of Congress digital collections. The evening will feature special guests bringing to life voices – famous and forgotten – from the many movements for civil rights throughout U.S. history.

Special guests include Eisa Davis (Passing Strange), Michael Ealy (For Colored Girls, The Good Wife), Greta Gerwig (Greenberg), singer songwriter Allison Moorer, and Michael Stipe of REM!

Come hear the actual words – in letters, poems, speeches, songs, and manifestos – of rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past and present, in an innovative workshop, gallery and photo studio.