Decade Of Fire: New Documentary Reexamines South Bronx Blight in the 1970s

Decade of Fire is an interesting new documentary from directors Gretchen Hildebran and Vivian Vazquez that reexamines the history of South Bronx blight in the 1970s, from the perspective of somebody who was in the middle of it all.

Throughout the 1970’s, fires consumed the South Bronx. Black and Puerto Rican residents were blamed for the devastation even as they battled daily to save their neighborhoods. In DECADE OF FIRE, Bronx-born Vivian Vázquez Irizarry pursues the truth surrounding the fires – uncovering policies of racism and neglect that still shape our cities, and offering hope to communities on the brink today.

The documentary opens at the Metrograph on May 3rd.

h/t Gothamist

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