Fires burned down much of the Bronx in the 70s such that many tracts of land were lost to fires. Many persons believed that the fires were caused by the landlords who owned the buildings because they wanted to make much profit from it, and some thought that even some residents started the fires. That belief is what Bronx residents are trying to disprove. That story is what filmmaker and educator, Vivian Vazquez, wants to tell because she believes it is important to tell the true story. They discovered more truths about the fire when they were creating a curriculum for schools in the area and had to interview people. She states that her family as well as many persons who live in the Bronx were immigrants who got there to have a successful life and not to be burning down their properties for whatever reason. She set out with her co-producer to produce a documentary on the Bronx fires that was called “Decade of Fire.” That documentary is being shown today at the Metrograph on the Lower East side. It took her over a decade to direct and produce the film. The film details the situation of neglect occasioned by government policies that made landlords to abandon and sometimes even burn down their own properties.
- The Bronx was devastated by fires that burnt in the 70s so that 97 percent of buildings was lost by seven census tracts.
- Many persons who witnessed the fires burning then thought that it was landlords burning their own buildings in order to make profit from it.
- The question about how the Bronx got burned inspired a documentary that was entitled “Decades of Fire,” and it is showing at the Metrograph currently.
“Filmmaker and educator Vivian Vázquez, who grew up in the South Bronx in the ’70s, knew that the story needed to be retold. Back in 2000 she, along with her friend and now-co-producer Julia Allen, were creating a high school curriculum on the borough’s history.”