Decade of Fire (2019)

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Decade of Fire: Directed by Gretchen Hildebran, Vivian Vazquez. With Carmen Rosado, Hetty Fox, Robert Foster, Ramón Rueda. As a kid in the South Bronx in the 1970s, Vivian Vazquez watched her tight-knit community become a burned-out ruin as an epidemic of fires raged through her Black and Puerto Rican neighborhood. As Vivian seeks to understand the lasting effects of this tragedy on her family and community, she uncovers a story of injustice, survival and hope that resonates deeply in cities today.

“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 to the ground. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Puerto Rican residents bore the blame. Now, Bronx-born Vivian Vázquez Irizarry exposes the truth about the boroughu0026#39;s untold history and reveals how her community chose to resist, remain, and rebuild.”


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