Decade of Fire
Vivian Vázquez Irizarry and Gretchen Hildebran, 75 mins, USA, 2018
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 Vazquez exposes the truth about the borough’s untold history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild.
Official Selection, 2018 DOC NY
Official Selection, 2019 Full Frame Documentary Festival
Official Selection, 2019 Chicago Latino Film Festival (Audience winner, Best Documentary)
Q&A with the directors