Riveting. Let the Fire Burn is not only the best documentary of 2013, but one of the best period. Not a single frame was shot, nor a single word recorded for the purposes of this production and it works on a level that is rarely seen on screen. Assistant professor turned first time director, Jason Osder chronicles the short lived and nearly forgotten MOVE organization. Nonpartisan and even keel at every step, Osder cohesively unravels the demise of this cultish, anti-technology, gun touting hippie group that resided in Philadelphia from the lat 70’s to mid 80’s. Think Branch Davidians, but in the middle of urban density and made up of mostly black members. With nothing more than the use of taped public hearings of the Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission, a recorded deposition of one of Move’s youngest members and countless news clips and archival footage, this tragic tale is harrowing and absolutely gripping. This truly is a found footage film.
Must/Should (Owning this might be going overboard.)
4.5 0f 5
Must Watch = 5 0f 5 (See it in the theater if possible/buy it or pay for rental)
Should Watch = 4 of 5 (Worth a theater visit or sending away for)
Could Watch = 3 of 5 (If it’s on a pay channel or streaming for free)
Should Not Watch = 2 of 5 (Only if friends or family insist)
Do Not Watch = 1 of 5 (Don’t allow friends or family to make this mistake)