Let the Fire Burn

In the astonishingly gripping Let the Fire Burn, director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated—and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “...let the fire burn.” Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.

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  • Courtney

    Lively Discussion afterwards w/ the film's editor

    November 16, 2013

    • Carol

      It was a pretty intense film! We were sitting in the back on the left. I'll work on making sure people can identify the group in the future... a sign, buttons...

      November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool. Sounds good.

      November 22, 2013

  • Ann B

    That's the night I go to trivia nite at Jimmy the Greek's. Is the film being shown any other time?

    October 22, 2013

    • Carol

      Hi Ann, this is the only night it's playing at Space Gallery.

      October 24, 2013

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