Decade of Fire

Featured / Producer

Decade of Fire began as a curriculum on the history of Bronx activism that Julia developed in 2002, for incoming ninth graders at a social justice themed high school. It explored the relationship between the burning of the Bronx in the 1970’s, the cultural resistance movements of graffiti and hip hop, and the block-by-block community organizing that saved the borough. The curriculum was rejected for being too radical and was never taught.



Vivian Vazquez worked with Julia at the time and was supportive of the currciulum. She was directly impacted as a child growing up in the South Bronx during the fires. They began talking about the legacy of the burning, both for the survivors and for young people growing up in the Bronx today. They felt that the real story had never been told, and that it is a history with resonance for people living in cities all across the country, then and now.

In 2008, Vivian and Julia partnered with documentary filmmaker Gretchen Hildebran and the three of them have been working on the film ever since. In 2014 they were joined by co-producer Steve Amarante. Decade of Fire is a sponsored project of Women Make Movies. In 2015, Decade of Fire was one of ten films selected for the IFP Filmmaker Lab.

The film will be released in 2017.

To see the trailer and follow current updates about the film’s progress visit the Decade of Fire website and facebook page.

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