The People Speak Documentary, next Social Justice Film

VERO BEACH — The community-wide, nondenominational Social Justice Film Series continues its fifth year on Sunday, October 10, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach.  The series is free and open to the public, with no reservations or tickets required.

The documentary feature film to be shown is The People Speak, a film based on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, published in 1980 and one of the all-time, best-selling history books in the U. S.  The discussion following the film will be led by Dr. Stover Snook.

Our nation has a rich history of dissent and protest – a history which is often ignored in textbooks.  The film takes a look at America’s struggles with war, class, race, and women’s rights, and celebrates the extraordinary possibilities for creating social change by ordinary people.

The People Speak is a beautiful and moving film featuring the actual words of rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past.  These include Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Bob Dylan, Langston Hughes, Chief Joseph, Muhammad Ali, plus unknown veterans, union workers, abolitionists, and many others never featured in textbooks.  These dramatic moments from our history are brought to life by a group of remarkable musicians and actors.

Among others, the cast includes Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Viggo Mortensen, Morgan Freeman, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Marisa Tomei.

Critics called the film “striking, exhilarating… the performances are thrilling.” They said: “The documentary…works beautifully….Each passionate reading flows out of the previous one” and “This is the perfect format for a history lesson. You´re getting the actual historical text verbatim, so there´s no spin, performed by these great actors.”

Middle- and high-school students are encouraged to attend and bring a friend.  The Fair Trade Corner will be open one-half hour before and after the film.

The UUFVB is located on the southeast corner of 27th Avenue and 16th Street.

Information:  Call 772-778-5880.

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