Bring Your Own Brigade is filmmaker Lucy Walker’s courageous and compelling documentary about an extremely hot topic: the ongoing inferno of wildfires in Southern California and elsewhere on the West Coast and, by extension, across the nation. Walker’s eye witness camera captures close up images of the uncontrolled fires cutting through affluent communities in wide paths of devastating destruction. She follows local residents who are fleeing their homes on car-congested bands of blacktop cutting through raging flames and she records up close and personal accounts of survivors whose property was miraculously spared and others who lost all of their worldly goods to the to the rampaging blaze.
Walker doesn’t stop at chronicling the devastation. She investigates, too, asking how we have come to this current and unquenchable crisis. Surprisingly, the biggest blame doesn’t fall to climate change, although that is a factor in the immediate intensity of the frequent outbreaks of wild fire. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN.