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York 12/03/2015 - 09:00AM

A GRIPPING THRILLER: LET THE FIRE BURN PLAYS AT CP YORK

As part of Cinema Politica’s Divine Interventions program and Black History Month, Cinema Politica York recently (Feb 25) screened the powerful, award-winning doc LET THE FIRE BURN.

This unique documentary, directed by Jason Osder, artfully combines ominous archival footage of a forgotten moment in American history: May 13, 1985, when a feud between the city of Philadelphia and MOVE, a radical urban group, came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied row house, resulting in the tragic deaths of 11 people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes in the surrounding neighbourhood.

The audience in York was moved by this gripping documentary, which unfurls with the tension of a great thriller (however with real political consequences). Following the screening, filmmaker Alison Duke moderated a panel discussion with Professor Warren Crichlow, activist and community organizer janaya khan, and filmmaker Chevy X.

CP York is proud to be part of a larger movement of activists fighting to bring attention to critical historical moments that are overlooked and distorted by the mainstream media. 

 

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