On Tuesday, October 15, RiverRun kicks off its 2019-2020 Indie Lens Pop-up series of free community screenings with the film Decade of Fire. Co-presented by the Forsyth County Central Public Library, the film begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion with guests including Allen Joines, Mayor of Winston-Salem; James Perry, President and CEO of the Urban League of Winston-Salem; George Redd, Director of Program Services for Habitat for Humanity of Winston-Salem; and Dr. Keith Vareen, Pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Kernersville.

Film synopsis: In an underknown piece of New York history, the South Bronx looked like a war zone after an epidemic of fires in the 1970s. It was up to Vivian Vazquez and other community leaders to save their neighborhoods. Abandoned by landlords and city officials, buildings burned almost continuously from an estimated forty fires a day that razed 80% of area housing stock and displaced a half million residents. With the help of fellow survivors, Vivian tells the story of the brave advocates who banded together amidst the rubble and built a better future for their children.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
6:00 PM
Forsyth County Central Library
660 W. Fifth St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 Map it
Panel discussion following film

RiverRun’s Indie Lens Pop-Up, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.