Decade of Fire

1 Hr. 16 Min.

Screening Format: DCP
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Director Gretchen Hildebran in attendance for 10/23 & 10/24 screenings! Director Vivian Vazquez in attendance for 10/24 screening!

In the 1970s the Bronx was on fire. Black and Puerto Rican residents were blamed for the destruction of their neighborhoods. This documentary highlights the struggle of residents—abandoned by city government—to save their communities. Through archival footage and a personal lens, Bronx-born co-director Vivian Vázquez Irizarry shares this pertinent story of gentrification, redlining, and racism.


"Though many popular explanations for the Bronx's 1970s suffering were long ago understood to be racist nonsense, the heartfelt film represents a self-portrait of those lies' impact." - Hollywood Reporter



Community Partners: Marquette University Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach, Marquette University Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, blk+brwn+brujx


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Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures and Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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