‘The People Speak’ Movie Review
By: Abayomi-Ebrahim Aseem
[Director & Writer]: Howard Zinn
[Stars]: Morgan Freeman; Matt Damon; Don Cheadle;
Sean Penn; Marisa Tomei; Rosario Dawson; Michael Ealy; Sandra Oh; Danny Glover; Jasmine Guy; Viggo Mortensen; Pink; Bruce Springsteen; John Legend; Lupe Fiasco
[Tagline]: “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”
Before the curtains closed on Howard Zinn, the 87-year-old writer, teacher, activist & self-proclaimed anarchist wrote & directed, The People Speak.
Based on his best selling non-fiction book, A People’s History of the United States, The People Speak documents the history left out of text books. It gives an account of the American experience from the citizens who lived it rather than the puppetmasters who orchestrated it.
Throughout the documentary, many A-list Hollywood stars & musicians lend there voices as they read quotes & exerts & perform music from & inspired by Zinn’s influential book.
“Women can’t have the same rights of men, because Christ wasn’t a woman,” actress Kerry Washington recited, reading from Sojouner Truth’s ‘Ain’t I A Woman’ speech. “Well, where did your Christ come from? He came from God & a woman. Man did not have nothin’ to do with it.”
“The people in power would like us to believe we all have the same interest,” Zinn said. “We don’t. There’s the interest of the President of the United States, then there’s the interest of the young person he sends to war.”
*Actress Christina Kirk recited Susan B. Anthony’s last words during her trial for voting, when it was illegal for women to vote. “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God!”
The People Speak is an outstandingly entertaining piece of work that would be considered amazing without the rich historical, yet timeless truth it possesses. With its truths, it is nothing less than a masterpiece.
Rating: [The Real Deal; Buy It]
A-E Aseem Real News March 2010
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