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Let The Fire Burn - Third Friday Film - Full Frame - Tickets Free

Sep 20


LET THE FIRE BURN (Director: Jason Osder)
How often do the police in a major U.S. city drop a bomb on a residential building in order to evict its tenants? That’s what happened in Philadelphia on May 13, 1985, as the culmination of the city’s long-running feud with the controversial black-power group, MOVE. The bomb sets off a fire, and as men, women and children flee the building, a spectacular firefight with the police ensues – broadcast on live TV. LET THE FIRE BURN grippingly retraces the story using footage of investigative public hearings convened five months after these events, MOVE’s own films (including those of its charismatic leader, John Africa), and interviews with the survivors of the disaster. Police malfeasance fueled by racism? Or reckless overreaction to bizarre provocations that had MOVE’s neighbors clamoring for their removal? (95 min)

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