AWARDS & FESTIVALS
DECADE OF FIRE
The South Bronx is burning. Stay, fight, build.
Urban Studies • Sociology • American Studies • Latinx Studies
African American Studies • American History
2018. Directors & Producers Vivian Vázquez Irizarry & Gretchen Hildebran.
Producers Julia Steele Allen & Neyda Martinez.
75 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles. Spanish subtitles available. Transcript Available.
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 Vázquez Irizarry exposes the truth about the borough’s untold history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild. DECADE OF FIRE tells the story of the South Bronx that you’ve never heard before, and offers us a roadmap for building the American communities we want and truly deserve.