Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

"A fascinating and surprisingly dramatic and topical affair." ★★★★ Independent

Showing Times

Mon 29 May 18:40
Wed 31 May 18:40
Thu 01 Jun 18:40

It's David vs Goliath in this love letter to New York City. This documentary is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight Power for the sake of a better world.  Jane Jacobs was the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects.  Director Matt Tyranuer vividly brings to life Jacobs' 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway.  This plays out as a dramatic struggle over the soul of the neighborhood, one with relevance now as we are invited to participate in the redevelopment plans for Old Oak Common.

Just a few representative quotes from the reviews:

"In the context of today's stymied political trench wars, there is inspiration to be found in Jacobs' example of local activism, original thinking, and rational argument blossoming into useful change."  Time Out

"[A] gorgeous, tightly written and entertaining film."  Boston Globe

"Jacobs argued that what looks to officialdom like disorder is actually what makes a crowded human landscape function - it's just a more complex order. This compelling documentary lets you see the beauty she found in that complexity."  NPR 


Film Information

93 mins

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