Bombing of Osage Ave Screening

Black Lives Matter Philly + CinéSPEAK proudly present Scribe Video Center’s Louis Massiah’s documentary BOMBING OF OSAGE AVE at historic Malcolm X Park (51st + Pine).

**This event is sponsored in-part through generous grant from Bread & Roses Community Fund**

with post-screening conversation w Louis Massiah + Black Lives Matter Philly + West Philadelphia community members


The Bombing of Osage Ave

A documentary produced and directed by Louis Massiah for WHYY-TV 12 Philadelphia, and written and narrated by Toni Cade Bambara.

On Mother’s Day, 1985, a virtual army of city and state police converged on a quiet block in historic Cobb’s Creek, a blossoming neighborhood of parks and children, aluminum siding and basketball stars nestled in the heart of Philadelphia’s African American community. By the next day, 61 homes were destroyed and 11 people were dead, all members of the communitarian MOVE organization. In this, the winner of 1987’s Global Village Best Documentary Award, Massiah establishes the setting for the tragedy early on, and Bambara’s poetic narration draws us deeper into the drama.

Running Time: 58 min


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