Let the Fire Burn

Jason Osder
| 2013
| 93 min

Let the Fire Burn chronicles the incendiary tale of a long-running conflict between the radical black liberation MOVE organisation and the Philadelphia police department, culminating in the 1985 police bombing of the MOVE home in which eleven people were killed and an entire city block burned down. The personal stories of residents, MOVE members, and officials are conveyed entirely through archival footage, gathered from news broadcasts, home movies, interviews,  and hearings held in the aftermath. In a story that remains utterly relevant after almost three decades, we witness the beginnings of military-style policing and the anti-terrorist rhetoric that has become all too familiar in today’s endless ‘war on terror’.

Jason Osder
Jason Osder, Andrew Herwitz
Australian Premiere
International Competition
Antenna Award Winner
Best International Documentary
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