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  • A longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax.

    A longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax.

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  • Delbert Africa is arrested by police after the 1978 gun battle.

    Delbert Africa is arrested by police after the 1978 gun battle.

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  • MOVE members exit their headquarters during the 1978 confrontation.

    MOVE members exit their headquarters during the 1978 confrontation.

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  • A policeman surveys the devastation on Osage Avenue on May 14, 1985.

    A policeman surveys the devastation on Osage Avenue on May 14, 1985.

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  • MOVE members and police during the 1978 confrontation outside MOVE headquarters.

    MOVE members and police during the 1978 confrontation outside MOVE headquarters.

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  • The aftermath of the fire on Osage Avenue in May, 1985. LET THE FIRE BURN. A film by Jason Osder.

    The aftermath of the fire on Osage Avenue in May, 1985. LET THE FIRE BURN. A film by Jason Osder.

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The Film

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 Jason Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.

The Filmmaker

  1. Jason OsderProducer/Director