BATTLE FOR THE CITY
Dir. Matt Tyrnauer | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2016 | 92 min.
FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 - Chilmark School
Vanity Fair writer and MVFF alumnus Matt Tyrnauer deftly directs this timely and inspirational documentary chronicling the life of legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs and her crusade to save New York City neighborhoods from draconian redevelopment. Author of the still widely studied Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs ferociously championed the poor, immigrants, and the generations of people who gave the city character. She went toe to toe with Robert Moses, one of the most powerful urban planners in American history. Her playbook for defeating him, and her ideas for community-based development, have never been more relevant.
"The movie invites you to sink into her challengingly supple and vibrant analysis of why cities, which we mostly take for granted, are in fact rather magical places."
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety
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