Zeitgeist Films | Let the Fire Burn
Jason Osder
Film Info
95 mins
Color and B&W
In English
DCP, HDCam & BluRay
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: 5.1 Dolby SRD
Rating: Not rated

Winner - Best Editing in a Documentary Feature - Tribeca Film Festival

Special Jury Mention - Best New Documentary Director - Tribeca Film Festival

In the astonishingly gripping Let the Fire Burn, director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated—and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “...let the fire burn.” Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the passing, on September 20th, of Michael Moses Ward, the sole surviving child of the Osage Avenue tragedy.

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LET THE FIRE BURN will be available on DVD on March 25. It is available now for purchase or rental on iTUNES, AMAZON INSTANT, VUDU and GOOGLE PLAY.


Jason Osder is one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Filmmaker Magazine July 2013