DECADE OF FIRE: STAY. FIGHT. BUILD
SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
DOCUMENTARY FILM BY VIVIAN VAZQUEZ IRIZARRY, GRETCHEN HILDEBRAN, JULIA ALLEN AND NEYDA MARTINEZ
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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. Decade of Fire confronts the racially-charged stereotypes that dehumanized residents, and rationalized their abandonment by city, state and federal governments. Vázquez Irizarry, in her role as the film’s central character and co-director 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. Decade of Fire offers the emergence of a new narrative for the South Bronx and places like it across the nation. For more information about the documentary, go to decadneoffire.com. The documentary film will be available prior to the discussion to New School’s faculty, students and staff.
Vivian Vázquez Irizarry
Film Producer, Associate Professor of Media Management, School of Media Studio, and Co-Director of Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the Schools of Public Engagement.
This event is free and open to students, alumni, faculty, and staff from The New School.
Organized by the Housing Justice Lab, Environmental Studies, Media Studies and Parsons Graduate Urban Programs.