WHEN PARIS I S BURNING
ON April 15 this year, the world watched in horror as one of the most majestic landmarks in Paris went up in flames. Under renovation, the 856-year-old monument to Catholicism and Gothic architecture erupted in fire and once a security guard took an agonising 30 minutes to find its source, the race was on to save the Cathedral from complete ruin. In this documentary, filmmakers interview those sent in to battle the blaze in one of the most daunting operations the city’s pompiers had faced. More than 300 officers, from 77 brigades, faced to the fire, burning out of control at 1000 degrees Celsius. The intensity saw the lead roof dissolve quickly into molten lava, dripping down on the firefighters below attempting to protect precious artefacts and treasures, including the crown of thorns believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ at his crucifixion. The inferno took down the famed spire and at one point had at least five firemen trapped in a stairwell. When all seemed lost and the building threatened to collapse, the French forces threw everything at salvaging the church and keep the heart of Paris beating. Piecing together news vision and fire department footage, this takes viewers to the frontline of the fight to save Notre Dame. And just like the anguished onlookers who lined the banks of the Seine, watching the disaster unfold, you’ll be clutching your rosary beads or a stiff drink by the end.