DECADE OF FIRE
(75 min) US
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Directors:
Gretchen Hildebran, Vivian Vasquez
Producers: Gretchen Hildebran, Neyda Martinez, Julia Steele Allen, Vivian Vasquez

Description:

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. Through a rich seam of archival and home movie footage, Decade Of Fire confronts the racially-charged stereotypes that dehumanized residents of the South Bronx in the 1970’s, and rationalized their abandonment by city, state and federal governments. Vázquez Irizarry seeks not only healing for her community, but to redeem them from the harmful mythology spread by the media that has continued largely unchallenged to this day. The accounts she gathers are supported by extensive research, archival footage, print and broadcast news excerpts, testimonials from retired FDNY firefighters and brass, as well as Bronx historians. 

Biography:

Vivian Vasquez an educator and facilitator, Vivian ran educational and youth leadership development programs at the Coro Foundation, Bronxworks, and is currently the director of community-school partnerships at the New Settlement Community Campus. Vázquez Irizarry managed educational youth development models in GED completion and college access programs across New York City. A former member of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, she is a member of 52 People for Progress, a community organization that saved her childhood playground and revitalized the South Bronx for the last thirty-five years.

Gretchen Hildebran is a documentary filmmaker and editor whose work lives at the intersection of politics, policy and human experience. Credits include: Worth Saving, which was presented in HBO’s Frame by Frame showcase; Out in the Heartland which explored anti-gay legislation in Kentucky. A graduate of Stanford’s documentary program, Gretchen shot Ramona Diaz’s The Learning and has edited for the History Channel, PBS and the UNDP, as well as on independent documentaries. Gretchen has also made a series of short documentaries used to educate communities across the country about life-saving interventions such as needle exchange and overdose prevention.

Contact information:

w: decadeoffire.com/
e: gretchen.hildebran@gmail.com

 

 



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