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Racial Equity + Inclusion Film Series Film #3

  • Capitol Theatre 1390 West 65th Street Cleveland, OH, 44102 United States (map)

Part of the Racial Equity and Inclusion Series. Suggested donation of $5. Post film discussion with snacks at XYZ The Tavern after the film.

LET THE FIRE BURN. 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.

Additional Films in the 2019 REI Film Series:

May 8 - Dispatches from Cleveland, 6:30pm

Later Event: April 19
Third Fridays