Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 33m
“I just loved coming to New York. It was inexhaustible”

From award-winning documentarian Matt Tyrnauer (Studio 54, Where’s My Roy Cohn?) comes the David and Goliath story of groundbreaking American activist Jane Jacobs. When it was first published in 1960, Jacobs’ book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ reconfiguration of cities. Both on the page and on the streets, she fought for a vision of urbanity that involved community and green spaces, railing against New York developer Robert Moses, a power-hungry businessman who sought to demolish historic Manhattan buildings to make way for more cars.

“Bracing, invigorating. Jane Jacobs makes a compelling subject” — The Guardian


Matt Tyrnauer