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Documentary: Let The Fire Burn @ Carlton Cinemas

  • Dec 10, 2013 · 6:45 PM
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Documentary: Let The Fire Burn

Movie synopsis:

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 Black Power 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. Winner of the Best Editing Award for Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival.





Meetup Location: I will be waiting in the area with the piano and tables with my blue shoulder bag.

Movie meetup time: 6:45pm.  Will wait about 5min.

The movie starts @ 7pm.

Movie Running Time: 1h35m

Cost of movie: $5

After the movie: We'll go to Fran's just down the street west of Yonge.

I look forward to seeing you there!!


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  • Joyce

    Great documentary. Check out Wikipedia on this as some other interesting things have happened since and poor Micheal recently died. Thanks Phil

    December 11, 2013

  • Phil D

    Here's a sad Epilogue that didn't make it in the movie. Strange that he died around the same time this movie was released. Wikipedia:

    Birdie Africa, also known as Michael Moses Ward, the only child survivor of the 1985 MOVE bombing, died in September 2013, at the age of 41. His death occurred in a hot tub on board the Carnival Dream, sailing in the Caribbean. Initial reports indicated an accidental drowning.

    December 10, 2013

  • Phil D

    Interesting movie. Not easy to watch. I had never heard of this incident before, so it was surprising to hear that it happened within the last 30 years. The documentary was well made focused solely on archival material to speak for itself. No present day interviews or narration. It also felt well balanced, although I would have liked to learn more about the founder of the MOVE organization, John Africa. He seemed more mysterious than the behaviours and values he was trying to teach his followers. Thanks for coming out!

    December 10, 2013

  • Phil D

    There's three of us here. We're going in now

    December 10, 2013

  • Phil D

    Just bought my ticket. See you guys there.

    December 10, 2013

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