[Marxism] Decade of Fire | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Fri May 3 10:38:19 MDT 2019
Opening today at the Metrograph theater in New York, the documentary
“Decade of Fire” tells both the personal story of Vivian Vázquez
Irizarry, who grew up in the South Bronx, and the South Bronx itself,
which in the 1960s became a virtual synonym for urban decay. The fire in
the title refers to the vast number that took place over a decade,
reducing the housing stock of a once vibrant, working-class area. This
is not just the story of the South Bronx. It is also about the malign
neglect that befell many neighborhoods outside the privileged Manhattan
island that was the site of Woody Allen movies, including a film of that
title, which was so indifferent to the lives of others.
Irizarry produced, directed and served as narrator for “Decade of Fire”.
Like many other people in the South Bronx, her grandparents came to the
USA from Puerto Rico because of jobs disappearing as a result of
Operation Bootstrap, a version of primitive accumulation that was
intended to build up the island’s industrial base. As was the case of
mechanizing the cotton fields in the South, farmers and those not lucky
enough to find a job were forced to relocate.
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