Burn Documentary DVD
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.
Firefighters have an up-close view of the best and worst in any city. This is especially true for Detroit. Detroit is a picture of the future of American industrial cities in a post-industrial age: One foot in a prosperous past, with an uncertain next act, struggling to survive in a changing economy.
Since 1950, racial tensions and vanishing industry have cut Detroitís 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 Ė FIRE.
The result is a dying city with one of the highest arson rates in the world.
Los Angeles, a city of 4 million people, sees 11 structure fires per day. Compare that to Detroit, which has 713,000 residents and 30 structure fires a day.
BURN follows the crew of Engine Company 50 ó one of the busiest firehouses in America. Located on Detroitís blighted east side, E50 stands at ground zero of the cityís problems. Every day, these firefighters face injury, disablement, and death. But they come back, day after day, resolved to make a difference. Theyíre certainly not here for the money ó their starting salary is $30,000 and they havenít seen a raise in 10 years.