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    Let the Fire Burn

    On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE came to a deadly climax. This dramatic tragedy unfolds through an extraordinary visual record previously withheld from the public.
    Duration: 88 min
    Quality: SD
    Release: 2013
    IMDb: 7.8
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  • Actors of "Let the Fire Burn"

  • Directors of "Let the Fire Burn"

    Jason Osder. Director of Let the Fire Burn
    Jason Osder
  • Critic Reviews of "Let the Fire Burn"

    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
    June 13, 2014

    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.

    Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune
    June 13, 2014

    Jason Osder's stunning debut documentary offers a disturbing look at a forgotten tragedy.

    Neil Genzlinger New York Times
    May 13, 2014

    [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.

    Tom Long Detroit News
    January 23, 2014

    "Let the Fire Burn" offers a searing picture of how dumb and dangerous humans can be.

    Wesley Morris
    December 10, 2013

    It's scary as both a movie and a still-reverberating moment in time.

    Liam Lacey Globe and Mail
    December 06, 2013

    Brilliantly edited, the film moves back and forth in time, first tracking the events leading up to the confrontation through news reports of the day.

    Gerald Peary Arts Fuse
    June 13, 2014

    [This historic footage -- from newsreels, TV stations once-live coverage, from several investigating commissions -- has been edited, brilliantly into a coherent, important political film.

    Ellen Gray Philadelphia Daily News
    May 13, 2014

    It's a remarkably evenhanded telling of a story in which there could be no winners, using archival footage alone.

    Isaac Feldberg We Got This Covered
    February 17, 2014

    Let The Fire Burn is an incendiary documentary that uses archival footage to weave a compelling, all-important tale of tragedy bred from anger and misunderstanding.

    Matt Prigge Metro
    November 14, 2013

    Apart from the score and the very occasional basic intertitle to help us along, all we see and hear is footage from the day. We're immersed in the present of this world.

    Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) St. Paul Pioneer Press
    November 07, 2013

    It's gripping and shocking.

    Brian Orndorf
    November 07, 2013

    Mesmerizing and provocative, Burn creates an unnerving atmosphere of troubling decisions on both sides of the conflict, permitting the viewer to understand the thought process that went into the explosive endgame.

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