Let The Fire Burn Reviews
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
Try to imagine a time in the 70s. Racism was still alive and well, but mostly hidden at this point. It just needed to be boiled up in certain kind of way. MOVE certainly helped in rising the racial tensions and giving a whole new meaning of controlled life. Philly police, even in the 70s and 80s (maybe still, I don't know) were racist. They beat the crap out of MOVE members and imprisoned many. Their actions were and are not applicable since they overshot humanity for instead inhumanity. It was a very disgusting set of circumstances, yes, except to end human life without any other regard was sicker. Don't get me wrong. I'm not rooting for MOVE here. I think they had it coming unfortunately.
Now MOVE in general may sound like a good "organization" since violence isn't exactly their motto, but it's far from it.
Now you're probably wondering, WHAT IS MOVE? Well, it's a black group of people who all have the same last name (Africa) and live by nature. They object to Technology even though they drive cars and use telephones. A contradiction if there ever was one. It was founded in 1972 by John Africa. Also known as such for creating a set of guidelines which are known as the MOVE's bible. He's like a black Jesus except in this documentary he's slightly glossed over. I would have liked to have known more about John Africa, but I guess this is more about the tragedy instead. Oh well.
Even though MOVE is mainly peaceful, there lifestyle is anything from it. They live like animals and denigrate entirely from anything the outside world does. It's kind of like what a teenager does when they want to defy society. They rebel against it. That sort of sums up their cause. Like I mentioned, contradicting attitudes within their own "organization" is also equal to the state of their very own religion.
Their biggest flaw was to incorporate their own religion, but what the problem is if a religion is the basis for all life than why put yourself in one that restricts it. Religion usually restricts life because you're forcing yourself into a corner with rules and regulations or commandments. I have nothing against religion and do believe in God to a certain extent, but I am open enough to the wait and see attitude of when we die. We can never really be sure until we reach that point of no return. MOVE, however, wanted just one thing and that was THERE thing. Since they figured that Christians, Catholics and other religions get to have theirs, why shouldn't they?
This documentary brings up a LOT of moral questions and will challenge you on what is right and what is wrong. Frankly, I believe what the extremes the Philly mayor at the time did and the police were wrong. I also believe that what MOVE was doing was wrong as well. They were shit disturbers who populated a nice, predominately black neighborhood by creating noise and chaos. Even the newly appointed (and first) black mayor of Philly would prove to be annoyed by MOVE and would contribute more to what the previous white mayor did before him when containing the issue of this "organization". What would happen would be an excessive excuse of power over a group.
Was MOVE a terrorist threat? No. Were they stupid? Yes. Were the Philly police wrong? Yes & NO. When a group defies THE system they best be prepared for either death or prison. MOVE didn't do anything but cost people their homes and put people out on the streets. They provided absolutely no progress for their children, but instead wanted to go back to the old ways. Amish people they were not, but they certainly tried!
This documentary is edited together from news reports and court hearings along with other documented stuff that revolved around the MOVE "organization". It was a powerful and well-made documentary that showed a moment in history that was so stupid.