Matt TyrnauerUSA92 minutes2016ColourB&WEnglish
This timely and inspirational documentary chronicles legendary writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs’ battle to save historic NYC neighbourhoods from the draconian redevelopment plans of ruthless power broker Robert Moses in the 1960s.
In her epochal book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, author and activist Jane Jacobs helped change the way we look at urban living. Released on the centenary of her birth, Citizen Jane focuses on Jacobs' most dramatic battle in the 1960s: when she went up against ruthless NYC power broker Robert Moses to preserve the historic neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village, Soho, and Little Italy against Moses' plans to divide (and destroy) them with expressways. Exciting and inspirational, Citizen Jane delivers a timely and much-needed lesson in how the power of the people can win out against the self-serving plans of the elite.