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Continued: Movies reviewed in brief: "Diana,” "Let the Fire Burn”

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With scrupulous neutrality Osder lets the facts speak. In a 12-year-long war of nerves MOVE repeatedly clashed with police, who considered them terrorists. One 1978 siege resulted in the death of a police officer and the serious beating of a MOVE member. The confrontations antagonized both sides.

In the years that followed, MOVE alienated its working-class black neighbors who filed complaints with the city about harassment, sanitation and child neglect. Police evacuated the neighborhood and bombarded the fortified compound with jets of water, teargas, 10,000 rounds of ammunition, and finally the bomb. Videotaped proceedings of the commission investigating the incident offer a worst-case scenario of mutual contempt escalating with literally explosive results.

Colin Covert

 

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