Let The Fire Burn

Date(s) - Saturday 11/23/2013
12:00 am - 3:00 am

The chilling saga of Philidelphia’s 1985 decision to drop a bomb on black liberation group MOVE, told using only archival news coverage and interviews. Eleven were killed and sixty one buildings burned in one of the most tumultuous clashes between government and citizens. 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. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “…let the fire burn.”


WHEN? Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7pm

*Potluck with filmmaker, co-sponsored by YouthFX and Youth Media Sanctuary, at 5:30pm

WHERE? The Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Avenue, Troy, NY)

Documentary will be followed by an audience Q&A with director Jason Osder

The film is the winner of Best Editing in a Documentary Feature and has receivedSpecial Jury Mention for Best New Documentary Director at the Tribeca Film Festival.


“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



for more information, click here to visit the documentary’s website!