“The People Speak” Howard Zinn Adaptation Available September 11 from Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber has announced the upcoming release of The People Speak (DVD: $29.95), slated for September 11. A  moving documentary inspired by Howard Zinn’s books A People’s History of the United States (1980) and Voices of a People’s History of the United States (2004), the film features the actual words (in letters, songs, poems, speeches, and manifestos) of rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past and present, including Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Bob Dylan, Langston Hughes, Chief Joseph, Muhammad Ali, and unknown veterans, union workers, abolitionists, and many others never featured in high school textbooks. The film is co-produced by Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, and features Benjamin Bratt, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington, Marisa Tomei, and many others. Like Zinn’s work as a whole, The People Speak celebrates the extraordinary possibilities for creating social change that ordinary people have realized throughout the course of our nation’s rich but often ignored history of dissent and protest.