The award winning documentary The People Speak will be shown at 7:30 pm this Saturday, September 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry. The program is the first in a series of Movies with Meanings hosted by the congregation’s Faith Development Committee.
The People Speak is a 113 minute film inspired by Howard Zinn’s books A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History of the United States. The film features the actual words in letters, songs, poems, speeches and manifestos of rebels, dissenters and visionaries from the past and present including Frederick Douglass, Susan B Anthony, Bob Dylan, Langston Hughes, Chief Joseph, Muhammad Ali, and unknown veterans, union workers, and abolitionists brought to life by numerous actors and musicians including Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Benjamin Bratt, Danny Glover, Kerry Washington, Lupe Fiasco, Marisa Tomei, Morgan Freeman, Pink, Rosario Dawson, Sandra Oh, Sean Penn and many others. Narrated by Howard Zinn himself before his death.
Released in 2009, some clips from the film were shown at the Democratic Convention in Denver in 2008. The actors and performers were shot in Boston, in front of live audiences at Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic Theatre and at Malibu Performing Arts Center, Malibu, California.
The film will be followed by lively conversation and fellowship. Popcorn, candy, water and lemonade will be served.
The screening is free and open to the public. For more information call Janet, 847 542-7678.