One Take Doc Series: LET THE FIRE BURN

Let the Fire Burn

Special Screening
Special One-Time Screening

Duration: 

95 min

Rating: 

Not Rated

Skype Q & A with director Jason Osder after the show!

The One Take: Stories through the Lens Series is made possible by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature. 

About the Film:

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.