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LET THE FIRE BURN

On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia's municipal authorities battling the black liberation group MOVE dropped incendiary, military-grade explosives onto an Osage Avenue row house. The ensuing six-alarm inferno killed five children and six adults, destroying 61 homes. This absorbing yet unfathomable saga is adeptly retold without commentary, using archival footage including previously withheld materials. Filmmaker Jason Osder recreates a chilling saga of simmering fanaticism and purposeless destruction, recalling the seminal event of his suburban Philly childhood. – TM

SCREENINGS

June 22, 2:45 p.m.
Newseum
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June 23, 8:15 p.m.
Goethe Inst
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FILM DETAILS

Directors: Jason Osder
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time (minutes): 95
Language: English Film Guide Features