Jason Osder’s doc “Let the Fire Burn,” which chronicles the rise of Philadelphia black liberation group MOVE and the dramatic 1985 police bombing of the home where members of MOVE lived. The police attack killed eleven people and destroyed sixty buildings on the house’s block.
“Let the Fire Burn” earned its editor Nels Bangerter a Best Documentary Editing award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and since the film’s debut, director Osder was named to Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 “New Faces of Independent Film.”
The film is built from archival footage from television news and the mayor’s MOVE commission set up to figure out what exactly happened. In the end, the commission, and subsequent lawsuits, found that the city used excessive force to respond to accusations that the MOVE house was causing a disruption to their neighbors’ everyday lives.
“Let the Fire Burn” is being released by Zeitgeist in New York on October 2 and Los Angeles October 18.
Take a look at the film’s trailer below: