DECADE OF FIRE: STAY-FIGHT-BUILD, February 11, 7-8:30PM
DECADE OF FIRE: STAY-FIGHT-BUILD
SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
DOCUMENTARY FILM BY
VIVIAN VAZQUEZ IRIZARRY, GRETCHEN HILDEBRAN, JULIA ALLEN, AND NEYDA MARTINEZ
WATCH ONLINE SCREENING: February 2-11
JOIN ONLINE DISCUSSION: Thursday, February 11, 7:00-8:30pm
Please register to receive the links to access the documentary film and to join the discussion.
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 decadeoffire.com. The documentary film will be available prior to the discussion to faculty, students, alumni, and staff from The New School.
Join the discussion with film co-director Vivian Vázquez Irizarry, film co-producer Neyda Martínez, and Sonya Ferguson from Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc. This conversation is timely and urgent as communities across the United States face an unprecedented housing crisis.
Vivian Vázquez Irizarry
Film Co-Producer, Associate Professor of Media Management, School of Media Studies, and Co-Director of Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative
Resident Counselor Leader at Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc. and President at Kelly Street Block Association
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the Schools of Public Engagement
This event is free and open to students, faculty, alumni, and staff from The New School.