CPGC Social Justice Film Series- Let the Fire Burn (Canceled)

Thursday, November 15, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
STO STO 131 Stokes Auditorium
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Keene, Stephanie
Center for Peace and Global Citizenship

Did you know the City of Philadelphia authorized the bombing of a residential neighborhood in 1985?

Join the CPGC for a screening of this film, followed by a conversation with MOVE member and activist Michael Africa Jr and Philadelphia activist Gabriel Bryant.


About the film:

Let the Fire Burn is composed entirely with archival footage yet unfurls with the tension of a thriller. Jason Osder’s documentary recounts the steps that led to a horrific tragedy on May 13, 1985, when a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and the controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax.

After a daylong battle in which the police used tear gas, fire hoses, and ultimately 10,000 rounds of ammunition in an attempt to remove MOVE members from their fortified home, authorities order military-grade explosives to be dropped on the house from a helicopter. News 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 for a past in present tense approach, 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.

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