Decade of Fire
Oct 3, 2019 | 7pm
This year we have curated our 5th Annual Women's Film Series around the stories of the Bronx as told by women documentary filmmakers.
In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Left unprotected by the city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multiethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Latino residents bore the blame.
In this story of hope and resistance, Bronx native Vivian Vazquez exposes the truth about the borough’s sordid history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild.
This event is co-sponsored with Boogie Down Books a curated pop-up bookshop inspired by Decade of Fire.
VIVIAN VÁZQUEZ IRIZARRY is an educator and facilitator, Vázquez Irizarry ran educational and youth leadership development programs at the Coro Foundation and 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 35 years.
GRETCHEN HILDEBRAN is a documentary filmmaker and editor whose work lives at the intersection of politics, policy, and human experience. Her credits include “Worth Saving” and “Out in the Outland.” She 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.
BOOGIE DOWN BOOKS
Boogie Down Books is a bookstore-without-walls for kids, teens, families, and educators in the Bronx and beyond. Learn more at boogiedownbooks.com
The 5th Annual Women's Film Series was curated by Jon Santiago.
PHOTO: © Decade of Fire