The People Speak
The People Speak was 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.
A U.S documentary film version of The People Speak in 2009, produced by Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove, and Howard Zinn, and co-directed by Moore, Arnove and Zinn, featured dramatic and musical performances by, among others, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Don Cheadle, Eddie Vedder, Harris Yulin, John Legend, Josh Brolin, Kathleen Chalfant, Kerry Washington, Lupe Fiasco, Marisa Tomei, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, P!nk, Sean Penn, and Viggo Mortensen. Live readings have also featured Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Morello, James Earl Jones, Patti Smith, and many other leading artists.
A U.K documentary version in 2011 was directed by Colin Firth and Anthony Arnove and featured, among others, Arundhati Roy, Ben Kingsley, Benjamin Zephaniah, Ian McKellen, Joss Stone, Juliet Stevenson, Keira Knightley, Nonso Anozie, Omid Djalili, Owen Teale, Rupert Everett, Stephen Rea, Teddy Thompson, Tom Hickey and Tom Robinson. It aired on History UK / Sky and also became a book by Canongate, edited by Firth and Arnove, titled The People Speak.