Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Still from Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Friday, 19 January 2018: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Friday, 19 January 2018, 20:00

Venue: (see Locations and Tickets for further details)

Programme category: Forest Row Film Society

Director: Matt Tyrnauer, USA 2016, 92 mins, PG

"As the world's urban population grows by more than one million every week, so does the resonance of this documentary about a New Yorker who campaigned in the 1960s against the inhuman and brutal scale of new housing." The Times

A terrific and timely film about Jane Jacobs, the legendary activist who campaigned to support and engage urban communities at a time when large-scale development projects threatened peoples’ homes and ways of life. Focussing on the struggle in New York against planner Robert Moses, we see how grassroots organisation and passion can have monumental results.

"Most good documentaries are powered by conflict, and you couldn't ask for a struggle more elemental or relevant to our time than the one chronicled in Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" Chicago Reader

Further reading

  1. Guardian (Peter Bradshaw)
  2. Guardian (Architecture)
  3. Chicago Reader
  4. Financial Times
  5. Los Angeles Times