Let The Fire Burn
Filmfest 2014

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 controversialradical 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 fireburn." 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.
Zeitgeist Films

tags: Documentary, Society, Crisis/ Revolution, Politics

With: Birdie Africa, John Africa, Ramona Africa

Credits

Film Editor: Nels Bangerter

Composer: Christopher Magnum

Sound: Richard Shapiro

Producer: Andrew Herwitz

Co-Producer: Jason Osder

World Sales: The Film Sales Company

Director: Jason Osder