“The People Speak,” an HBO documentary about United States history, will be shown and discussed Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

The film uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans. These give voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their successful struggles for equality and justice.

“The People Speak” is narrated in part by historian Howard Zinn and is based on his “A People’s History of the United States.” Zinn died in 2010 at age 89, just after completion of the film. It features live readings and music from a who’s who of noted performers including Bob Dylan, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, Matt Damon, Sandra Oh, Morgan Freeman and many others. “The People Speak” highlights the high price of democracy and freedom and the constant struggle needed to preserve them for future generations.

The screening is sponsored by Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County. It is free and open to the public, with a discussion following the film. For more information, call Larry Dansinger at 525-7776.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.