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Let The Fire Burn

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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 ...

  • DirectorJason Osder
  • Runtime: 1 hr 35 min
  • StudioCinedigm
  • QualityHD

Reviews about Let The Fire Burn

Let The Fire Burn
Ayesha McGowan
ALL OF THE STARS!

All of the stars. Do yourself a favor and watch this. You're welcome.

Let The Fire Burn
Amazon Customer
MOVE's Story, Forcefully Told!

Just watch this film. Casts a huge light on a terrible time in Philadelphia's history.

Let The Fire Burn
kimberly perreira
MOVING

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.

Let The Fire Burn
Bunniman
A true story from recent American history (1980s) that everyone ...

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.

Let The Fire Burn
Kevin A.
Watch this to get a couple of perspectives of this Philadelphia tragedy.

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.

Let The Fire Burn
Thrifty dude
Eye opening film of a story history likes to forget which EVERY American should see

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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