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Decade of Fire

  • Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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Friday July, 12th – Tuesday July, 16th 7:30PM

Gretchen Hildebran, Vivian Vazquez, 2018, 76 min.

In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Abandoned by city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multi-ethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Puerto Rican residents bore the blame. In this story of hope and resistance, Bronx-born Vivian Vázquez Irizarry exposes the truth about the borough’s untold history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild.

Decade of Fire tells the story of the South Bronx that you’ve never heard before, and offers us a roadmap for building the communities we want and truly deserve.

Friday, July 12

Panel discussion with Vivian Vazquez (Co-Director), Julia Steele Allen (Producer), and Sheila Garcia (Director at Community Action for Safe Apartments, CASA) following the screening.

Saturday, July 13

Panel discussion with Vivian Vazquez (Co-Director), Julia Steele Allen (Producer), and Eugene Woody (Organizer with Community Voices Heard) following the screening.

Sunday, July 14

Q&A with Vivian Vazquez (Co-Director) and Julia Steele Allen (Producer) following the screening

Additional speakers TBA.