Monday, April 29, 2013

'Let the Fire Burn' Review

I think Let the Fire Burn is one of the year's best films, and it's almost certainly 2013's best film you haven't heard of. Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, this documentary looks back at a deadly altercation between Philadelphia law enforcement and an African-American extremist organization that took place in 1985. The genius of the film is that the movie consists entirely of archival footage: Director Jason Osder and editor Nels Bangerter use this existing footage to craft an utterly absorbing whodunit as public officials (along with the audience) try to figure out exactly what happened. The movie doesn't have a distributor yet, but I hope that changes soon. Here's my Screen International review.