Let The Fire Burn (2013)
Critic Consensus: Smartly edited and heartbreakingly compelling, Let the Fire Burn uses archival footage to uncover a troubling -- and still deeply resonant -- chapter in American history.
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Critic Reviews for Let The Fire Burn
Director Jason Osder's grieving account of the deadly police assault on the MOVE collective's fortified Philadelphia row house works small, continuous miracles with a variety of existing footage.
Jason Osder's stunning debut documentary offers a disturbing look at a forgotten tragedy.
[Osder] cuts between news footage of the events as they unfurled and testimony from hearings held afterward to create a stark, nonjudgmental portrait of an incident that probably needn't have happened.
"Let the Fire Burn" offers a searing picture of how dumb and dangerous humans can be.
It's scary as both a movie and a still-reverberating moment in time.
Audience Reviews for Let The Fire Burn
Predecessor to the botched raid and further nonsense in Waco TX which was only a few years after this, Let The Fire Burn uses solely archival footage to tell this 1985 story with wild candor, heart, and shocking immediacy. Stunning, infuriating, amazingly emotional - the police commissioner and mayor decided to bomb a verbally hostile group camped out in a housing development and then let it burn with people inside, and the innocent neighboring houses burn down as well. The news cameras rolled during this whole incident, and later interviews are used as well to crushing effect. This is not an easy movie to experience, and yet it allows you to understand the human suffering on both sides of the controversy. You will also experience the aggravation, horror, and misunderstandings on all sides. A piercing, heart-felt take on a truly tragic set of circumstances. Don't miss this sobering testament. 5 out of 5
Mind-boggling to think this happened. A doc using only footage and no talking heads makes for an immersive experience.
This is how a documentary should be made, out of entirely archival footage showing both sides of the story. An amazing lesser known story similar to waco or ruby ridge but in an urban setting.
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