Let the Fire Burn / Free MLK Day Screening!

Monday, January 20 at 5:00pm

Free Admission!


“This masterpiece about an astounding and forgotten moment in recent American history should be seen far and wide.” – Filmmaker Magazine

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

“NYT CRITIC'S PICK! A riveting chronicle of the radical group Move’s clash with Philadelphia authorities .... seamlessly fashioned ... relives an incredible chapter in American history.” - Nicolas Rapold, New York Times


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. (Dir. by Jason Osder, 2013, USA, 95 mins., Not Rated, Zeitgeist Films) Digital



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