Detroit Film Theatre


LET THE FIRE BURN

Saturday, January 25, 2014

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2013--directed by Jason Osder)

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.” In the utterly gripping new documentary 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. 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. Best New Director and Best Editing Prizes, Tribeca Film Festival. (95 min.)

“Electrifying… a documentary that’s astonishingly in the present tense.” –David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“Critics’ Pick! A riveting chronicle, seamlessly fashioned.” –Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

“Has the force and intrigue of a courtroom thriller… ripples with urgency and moral complexity.” –Screen International