Rochester Labor Film Series: BURN: One Year on the Front Lines to save Detroit

The 24th Annual Rochester Labor Film Series presents films that celebrate workers from around the world.  BURN: One Year on the Front Lines in the Battle to Save Detroit (Tom Putnam and Brenda Sanchez, US 2012, 86 min.) This engrossing documentary from acclaimed film maker Tom Putnam chronicles the world of the brave firefighters of Detroit's Engine Company 50, one of the country's busiest fire houses.  Despite deep budget cuts that result in worn equipment and low pay in a decaying city with rampant arson, these firefighters demonstrate remarkable duty and heroism in their work and resilient efforts to overcome political pressures and personal tragedies. (from 24th Annual Rochester Labor Film Series 2013 flyer,

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  • Ruth

    I saw "Burn" today! It was an eye-opener in many ways to me. The risk these firefighters take during the actual fires; the politics that affect their pay and safety; and the tightly knit group of firefighters who work second jobs to supplement their income shocked me. Also, the similarities between Detroit and Rochester from a Rochester fireman's perspective makes one feel that we are not doing enough for those folks who place their life on the line for our community's welfare.

    September 15, 2013

  • Ruth

    Will be able to comment, after I see this documentary on Sunday.

    September 14, 2013

  • J. W.

    Loved the film, but I forgot it was a Meetup event until now! We happened to be sitting in the right area though.

    September 14, 2013

  • Brian

    Change of plans for me, but enjoy the film.

    September 12, 2013

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