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Director Jason Osder's grieving account of the deadly police assault on the MOVE collective's fortified Philadelphia row house works small, continuous miracles with a variety of existing footage.
Jason Osder's stunning debut documentary offers a disturbing look at a forgotten tragedy.
[Osder] cuts between news footage of the events as they unfurled and testimony from hearings held afterward to create a stark, nonjudgmental portrait of an incident that probably needn't have happened.
"Let the Fire Burn" offers a searing picture of how dumb and dangerous humans can be.
It's scary as both a movie and a still-reverberating moment in time.
Brilliantly edited, the film moves back and forth in time, first tracking the events leading up to the confrontation through news reports of the day.
[This historic footage -- from newsreels, TV stations once-live coverage, from several investigating commissions -- has been edited, brilliantly into a coherent, important political film.
It's a remarkably evenhanded telling of a story in which there could be no winners, using archival footage alone.
Let The Fire Burn is an incendiary documentary that uses archival footage to weave a compelling, all-important tale of tragedy bred from anger and misunderstanding.
Apart from the score and the very occasional basic intertitle to help us along, all we see and hear is footage from the day. We're immersed in the present of this world.
It's gripping and shocking.
Mesmerizing and provocative, Burn creates an unnerving atmosphere of troubling decisions on both sides of the conflict, permitting the viewer to understand the thought process that went into the explosive endgame.
All of the stars. Do yourself a favor and watch this. You're welcome.
Just watch this film. Casts a huge light on a terrible time in Philadelphia's history.
So moving! Amazing what our history books don't tell us. Watch this movie and take a journey back in time to learn about your take on the John Africa, move movement and how America handled it.
A true story from recent American history (1980s) that everyone should know. Learn how police and fire officials responded in Philadelphia when their motive was to destroy a peaceful revolutionary black organization.
A great little narrative of what might have happened. A poignant portion of the documentary is comparing the "story" of the child survivor (one of only two survivors within the MOVE organization) of this tragedy vs. the Philadelphia police in testimony about the incident. But the movie, without a narrator, never tells the viewer what to think. Quite a moving documentary.
Eye opening film of a story history likes to forget which EVERY American should see. This film solely uses archival video footage from news reports, interviews, and other media sources surrounding the 1985 bombing of MOVE's residential home by Philadelphia Police which ultimately led to a fire that ultimately destroyed over 65 other residential homes. This is a must see for any classes related to USA history, African American studies, and/or social justice in the USA.
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In the masterfully crafted “Let the Fire Burn,” viewers are thrown back into a time that seems both ancient and wrenchingly immediate, when mutual fear, suspicion and misunderstanding combusted in a grievous, literally fatal, explosion. On May 13, 1985 ...
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A police officer surveys the damage after the fire that is the subject of "Let the Fire Burn." Credit Zeitgeist Films. The film opens, however, with yet another strand of history, a kind of tragic, naïve witness to the past. That would be a video of a ...
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