Art and Experience: In a time when it feels like the integrity of urban neighborhoods are constantly at risk, it’s important to look back at history and discover the people who fought to maintain those neighborhoods and keep them out of the hands of power broker and developers. Matt Tyrnauer’s new documentary “Citizen Jane: Battle For The City” explores the life of legendary writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs, who battled to save history New York City neighborhoods from the redevelopment plans of the ruthless Robert Moses in the 1960s.
In 1960, Jacobs’s 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’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. She singlehandedly helped change the way people look at urban living, and her writing and activism had a direct impact on city planners all over the world. “Citizen Jane” retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. The film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions. See an exclusive poster for the film below.
“Citizen Jane” will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.