6 Feb 2009
The 2009 Sundance Film Festival took place from 15-25 January in the United States. The festival profiles independent film makers and alternative issues.
This year the festival honoured Howard Zinn, political scientist and co-author of "Voices of a People's History of the United States." Robert Redford, Marissa Tomei, Josh Brolin and Woody Harrelson read excerpts from his book at the festival. To view their recitals, watch the clip on this page.
The book constructs the lives of those overlooked by history. It includes selected testimonies to living history, such as speeches, letters, poems and songs produced by people who make history happen, but who are commonly absent from recorded history -- women, workers, nonwhites, immigrants.
Of his work, Zinn's says: "We didn't want to hear the words of the people in the White House, we wanted to hear the words of people who were picketing the White House. Agitators, the anti-war protestors, socialists and anarchists. In other words, the people who gave us whatever liberty and democracy we have in this country."
To watch the trailer of the documentary based on the book, The People Speak, please click here.