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TNS Milano Alumna + Co-Director Vivian Vazquez Announces the World Premiere of DECADE OF FIRE in NYC


World Premiere

November 10, 2018

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A Letter from Vivian Vasquez

“Dear Friends,

On behalf of the producer of Decade of Fire, I am both excited and humbled to invite you to join us for the film’s World Premiere at DOC NYC, on Saturday, November 10th at 4:15 PM, located at the SVA Theater 1, 333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011!

Decade of Fire is a documentary film, which tells the story about the historic fires that destroyed the South Bronx during the 1970’s. It honors the voices of the people who lived through it, survived and organized to save it. I lived through the fires and as I grew older, working with young people to learn about their Bronx history, I realized that I really didn’t know why the South Bronx burned. With the help of friends, I began to research and talk to people about their memories of living in the South Bronx. It wasn’t until I was making Decade of Fire that I understood how policy and government practices led to the devastation my community experienced. Across our nation, poor communities of color continue to be assaulted by unjust policies. And now, at a time when many people are being displaced through gentrification and new government policies, Decade of Fire can inspire people to stay persistent and determined to fight injustice. We can save our communities when we work together.

This is a story that longs to be told — and needs to be seen! Please check out the details and come see the Decade of Fire. Encourage your colleagues to come out and support Decade of Fire!

Thank you,

Vivian Vazquez


Decade of Fire”


In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Left unprotected by the city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multiethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Latino residents bore the blame. In this story of hope and resistance, Bronx native Vivian Vazquez exposes the truth about the borough’s sordid history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild.


Vivian Vazquez is an alumna from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy (1994).


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