Citizen Jane: Battle For The City

Citizen Jane: Battle For The City

Date: Saturday 31st October, at 7:00pm

Tickets available on bookmyshow


Row A – C (Regular Stalls) AED 45

Row D – J (VIP Stalls) AED 75

Row K – N (Gold Stalls) AED 55

Row P – W (Balcony) AED 45

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City; A film by Matt Tyrnauer. A charismatic and yet uproarious film hitting the screens at The Theatre, Mall of the Emirates.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City: is a story about our global urban future, in which nearly three-fourths of the world’s population will live in cities by the end of this century. It’s also a story about America’s recent urban past, in which bureaucratic, “top down” approaches to building cities have dramatically clashed with grassroots, “bottom up” approaches.  The film brings us back mid-century, on the eve of the battles for the heart and soul of American cities, about to be routed by cataclysmically destructive Urban Renewal and highway projects.

Matt Tyrnauer says, “Jacobs, whose centenary will be celebrated on May 4, is something of a spiritual soul mate to Sanders. The parallels between their underlying ideologies are striking. And as Sanders’s popularity and fame continues to skyrocket, it’s time to give his fellow New Yorker, Jacobs, her due. Jacobs’s fight for Washington Square Park—and for the people’s right to the city—is a story I tell in Citizen Jane (which is produced by one of New York’s newer grassroots activists, High Line co-founder Robert Hammond)”.


*About the film:

 In 1960 Jane 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. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid -century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.

  • Cinema Eye Honors Award
  • Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation (Grant Nellessen)
  • Hamburg Film Festival 2017      
  • Nominee for the Political Film Award (Matt Tyrnauer)

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*About the director:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Matt Tyrnauer’s feature film, Valentino: The Last Emperor premiered at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and had its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. It won the top documentary prize at the Chicago Film Festival. It was one of the highest-grossing documentaries in 2010, and was short-listed for an Academy Award for best documentary feature. Tyrnauer is a partner at Altimeter Films, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, which he co-founded with producer Corey Reeser. He is currently at work on the HBO dramatic adaptation of his Vanity Fair article “Once Upon a Time in Beverly Hills,” which he is set to direct; Scotty, about Scotty Bowers and the secret history of sex in Hollywood in the pre-Stonewall era; Studio 54, about the legendary disco and the era it defines.


Jane Jacobs fought against Robert Moses’ plans to develop Lower Manhattan. This documentary revisits their legendary feud.” – New Yorker (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/movies/citizen-jane-battle-for-the-city-review.html)

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