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Fires in the Mirror

On Aug. 19, 1991 in Crown Heights (Brooklyn, N.Y.) a Hasidic man accidentally runs over a Black boy (Gavin Cato). Three hours later a young Jewish scholar (Yankel Rosenbaum) was murdered by Black youths. Four days of fire-bombing and riots ensued. Smith acts out the roles of these 18 persons involved in the racial conflict, trying to present the differing views of this serious problem. Includes actual film footage of the riots and violence. 82 min. [preservation copy]
See also: Smith, Anna Deavere. Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities / Anna Deavere Smith. 1st Anchor Books ed. New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1993. (Main Stack PS3569.M465.F56 1993; Moffitt PS3569.M465.F56 1993)See separate bibliography of reviews and articles about this film