Let The Fire Burn: Film on the Move Organization

Published emily - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 7:14pm

Community screening 2013 award-winning documentary film on the bombing of MOVE, an organization of revolutionary environmentalists and Black liberationists, on May 13, 1985, in Philadelphia.

Watch the trailer here:

Find out about former political prisoners of the MOVE Organization coming to Gainesville, June 16, as part of the Fight Toxic Prisons Convergence:

About the film

Winner - Best Editing in a Documentary Feature - Tribeca Film Festival

Special Jury Mention - Best New Documentary Director - Tribeca Film Festival

"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 coverage and interviews, 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."

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 6:00pm
Free, donations appreciated