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NYC forgot the Bronx. Latinos and Blacks saved it, says new documentary.

 Robert Foster and a woman moving beams on Kelly Street. Foster is the former executive director of Banana Kelly, which rehabilitated South Bronx apartment buildings into affordable and livable housing.Courtesy of Eric Wingate
Robert Foster and a woman moving beams on Kelly Street. Foster is the former executive director of Banana Kelly, which rehabilitated South Bronx apartment buildings into affordable and livable housing.Courtesy of Eric Wingate

As the fires raging across California draw national attention, a new documentary explores a time when fires raged across a major metropolitan area — and no one seemed to care.

On Monday, Nov. 4, PBS Independent Lens will premiere “Decade of Fire,” a look at why the Bronx burned in the 1970s, and how some community members chose to stay and rebuild their neighborhoods.

For co-director Vivian Vázquez Irizarry, the film was a chance to understand the forces that shaped her childhood and adolescence.

“Growing up in the South Bronx, I often heard that we were responsible for the neighborhood declining and burning,” she said. “But we did not burn the South Bronx. In fact, we were the ones who saved it.”

Read more by Raul A. Reyes at NBC News

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