Jason Osder makes his impressive feature film debut with this unbiased and thorough account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the extremist African-American organization MOVE and Philadelphia authorities….
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Lovingly crafted with an obvious love of analogue Let the Fire Burn is a fascinating case study on radicalism. It's hard to imagine such a disgusting tragedy of injustice happening today but it does serve as a strong reminder on the danger of complacency in strong vocal opposition to the powers that be! 4 stars
Holy shit...this is infuriating. You don't have to share any of MOVE's views and still see how this fucking disaster was foretold and acted in cold blood. There was a really a treasure trove of archival footage to work with here and Osder put it together in a fiery way, even if there is absolutely no judgment at all, just the footage and the facts.
"Building with the awful inexorability of Greek tragedy... [and] drawing exclusively from contemporaneous found footage, Osder and editor Nels Bangerter fashion a mesmerizing account of how paranoid racism turns cultural differences into armed overkill. ..."The brilliantly edited tapestry of actions and reactions exposes a pattern of prejudice and fear capable of infinitely repeating itself." - Ronnie Sheib, Variety