Date Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location Hallock Auditorium

122 Elm St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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Large block letters "DECADE OF FIRE" colored dusty white lay over a photo of buildings in the South Bronx with smoke pouring out of one. Rubble from the damage is laid over the image and overlaps the bottom of the text to make a foreground. The top of the smoking building has the words "WE ARE STILL HERE" written in white. The color palette is rust, deep brown, goldish-taupe, and a dusty white.

In Decade of Fire, directors Vivian Vazquez and Gretchen Hildebran explore the aftermath of a rash of fires that, during the 1970s, consumed New York's South Bronx, one of the most integrated neighborhoods in the country. Bronx-born Vazquez exposes the truth about the borough's sordid history of racial politics and governmental neglect while showing how multiethnic residents banded together to resist indifference and rebuild their community. In so doing, the directors offer hope to communities on the brink of destruction today.

The film runs 1 hour 16 minutes.

This public film screening is hosted by the Sustainable Cities course at Oberlin College’s Environmental Studies Program, and is cosponsored by Oberlin College Libraries and the Office of Environmental Sustainability in conjunction with Ecolympics. Learn more about Ecolympics at

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Lu Zucker