Let the Fire Burn Movie

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Let the Fire Burn


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2013 | Documentary | 1hr, 35m

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 explo...

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Let the Fire Burn release date was Wednesday, October 2, 2013. This was a New York release.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Directed by

Jason Osder

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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 Jason Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.
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  • Winner - Best Editing in a Documentary Feature - Tribeca Film Festival

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