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“Let the Fire Burn” with Filmmaker Jason Osder
November 22, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
Presented by filmmaker Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn is the chilling saga of Philadelphia’s 1985 decision to drop a bomb on black liberation group MOVE, told using only archival news coverage and interviews. Eleven were killed and 61 buildings burned in one of the most tumultuous clashes between government and citizens. In the astonishingly gripping Let the Fire Burn (2013), director 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 row-house. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “…let the fire burn.” The screening will be proceeded by a community potluck.
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