Bronx-born Vivian Vazquez exposes the truth about how her neighborhood was destroyed by fires and neglect in the 1970s, and reveals how her maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild.


Vivian Vázquez Irizarry (Co-Director/Co-Producer) is an educator and coordinator of youth development programs in New York City, and is currently the director of community-school partnerships at a Bronx public school. A former member of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, she is a member of 52 People for Progress, a community organization that saved her childhood playground and revitalized the South Bronx for the last 35 years.

Gretchen Hildebran (Co-Director/Co-Producer) is a documentary filmmaker and editor whose work lives at the intersection of politics, policy and human experience. A graduate of Stanford’s documentary program, Gretchen shot Ramona Diaz’s THE LEARNING (2011) and has edited independent documentaries and for the History Channel, PBS and the United Nations Development Programme.  She has also made several short documentaries used to educate communities about life-saving interventions such as needle exchange and overdose prevention. 

Decade of Fire is their first feature film.