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"BURN," A Documentary About Detroit Firefighters


"BURN" is a feature documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. Since 1950, racial tensions and vanishing industry have cut Detroit's population in half from 1.8 million, making it a housing market horror story and leaving behind 80,000 abandoned homes. And in Detroit, social problems manifest themselves in one way - FIRE. The result is a dying city with one of the highest arson rates in the world. BURN follows the crew of Engine Company 50 - one of the busiest firehouses in America. Located on Detroit's blighted east side, E50 stands at ground zero of the city's problems. Every day, these firefighters face injury, disablement, and death. But they come back, day after day, resolved to make a difference. Their starting salary is $30,000 and they haven't seen a raise in 10 years. Brenna Sanchez is a Detroit native and this is her directing debut.