How to Squash a Squat (1990)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Politics & Government, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 46 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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While homeless men and women clearly need safe and enclosed places to sleep at night, their presence in old abandoned buildings often leads to a number of different problems. The indoor fires used to keep warm often get out of hand. Other fires are deliberate acts of arson. This documentary looks at a dangerous fire purposely set by squatters in New York City's East Village. The program also examines the exhaustive work done by the city's police, fire, and housing departments to permanently shut down the building after the blaze is finally put out.

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homelessness, arson, eviction, fire, inner-city, squatter