Let the Fire Burn is a documentary film about the events leading up to and surrounding a stand-off between the black liberation group MOVE and the Philadelphia Police Department. The film is directed and produced by Jason Osder and was released by Zeitgeist Films in October The MOVE organization was originally established as a "back to nature" movement that practiced " green " methods.
In , the Philadelphia Police Department decided to take action to evict the group from their row house at Osage Avenue. When gunfire broke out and tear gas was not enough to pull the MOVE members out of the house, the police decided to drop explosives on the house. A fire soon began to blaze, endangering the several children now trapped inside the house.
In a controversial decision, the police opted to "let the fire burn", resulting in the destruction of over 60 homes and the death of five children and six adults.
Officials said they feared that MOVE would shoot at the firefighters.
Eleven people MOVE founder John Africa , five other adults, and five children aged 7 to 13 died in the resulting fire, and more than people in the neighborhood were left homeless. Following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film received uniformly positive reviews and has been a critical success throughout its theatrical run. It goes without saying that this masterpiece about an astounding and forgotten moment in recent American history should be seen far and wide; every American is an ambitious goal, so as many as possible will do.
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But let's just start with you, anonymous reader, and we'll go from there. Ranking with recent found-footage efforts like The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu and Senna , yet joining a still longer lineage, Let the Fire Burn relentlessly sustains its tragic momentum.
A clergyman, on the hearings panel, quietly reminds us what's at the heart of the entire, yearslong war between the police and MOVE: that it's possible to forget, in the heat of anger and procedure, that the person on the other side of a conflict is a human being.
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By calmly and unsettlingly laying out a snapshot of a city's darkest moments, Let The Fire Burn transcends its era to speak to the troubling issues of class, race and power that still haunt America 28 years later. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Let the Fire Burn film. For other uses, see Let the Fire Burn disambiguation. Theatrical release poster.
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Retrieved The Move property on Osage Avenue had become notorious for its abundant litter of garbage and human waste and for its scurrying rats and dozens of dogs. Bullhorns blared forth obscene tirades and harangues at all times of day and night. MOVE members customarily kept their children out of both clothes and school. They physically assaulted some neighbors and threatened others. The New York Times.
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