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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Rated PG

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Dir. Matt Tyrnauer. USA, 2016. 1h 33m. Starring Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses, Thomas Campanella, Mindy Fullilove, Alexander Garvin, Paul Goldberger, Steven Johnson, Max Page.

The story of Jane Jacobs’ fight to stop Trumpian urban planner Robert Moses’ ‘renewal’ projects in New York in the 1960s. The film retraces the battles for the city as urbanisation moves to the front of the global agenda and examines the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring four local experts talking about how the themes in the documentary relate to issues for our own city — both past and present.

The panel is made up of four women who will discuss the issues raised in the film from four different perspectives — urban planning, architecture, local history and art. Dr Sue Brownill, an urban policy expert at Oxford Brookes University, will chair the discussion and will be joined by: Dr Annie Skinner, local historian and author of ‘Cowley Road: a History’; Dr Igea Troiani, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Oxford Brookes; and Rachel Barbaresi, an artist with interest the social aspects of urban space whose work is currently on show at Modern Art Oxford’s Future Knowledge exhibition.

"A beautifully organized documentary (befitting its subject, urban planning), Matt Tyrnauer’s elegant profile sets up its iconic NYC showdown along geometric lines." ★★★★ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out

"As the world's urban population grows by more than one million every week, so does the resonance of this documentary." ★★★★ Kate Muir, The Times


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