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Let the Fire Burn

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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.
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Brian Orndorf
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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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Wesley Morris
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December 10, 2013

It's scary as both a movie and a still-reverberating moment in time.
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Michael Phillips
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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.
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Ellen Gray
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May 13, 2014

It's a remarkably evenhanded telling of a story in which there could be no winners, using archival footage alone.
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Neil Genzlinger
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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.
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Isaac Feldberg
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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.
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Liam Lacey
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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.
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Matt Prigge

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.
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Tom Long
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January 23, 2014

"Let the Fire Burn" offers a searing picture of how dumb and dangerous humans can be.
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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)

November 07, 2013

It's gripping and shocking.
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Gerald Peary
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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.
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Colin Covert
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June 13, 2014

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