United States 2016, 92 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

They accused her of offering home remedies as solutions for problems requiring surgery, but Jane Jacobs knew more about city life than dozens of urban planners. In a time when men controlled the drawing boards and bulldozers, Jacobs (author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”) knew the streets intimately, and understood that cities are living things, made up of people, noise, and bustle, creating a character that can’t be planned from a god’s eye view. Jacobs became a reluctant activist, waging a mighty struggle against big money, siding with poor tenants against blindsided architects led by a classic villain. Who won, ultimately? And how come other big cities have yet to learn the lesson?

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  • Thu 11.05 12:00 Cinemateque 3
  • Tue 16.05 20:30 The White City Center Roof Free
  • Fri 19.05 15:00 Cinemateque 3
  • Sat 20.05 20:30 Levinsky Garden Free Entrance
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Production: Matt, Tyrnauer, Corey Reeser, Robert Hammond, Jess Van Garsse
Production Company: Altimeter Films
Editing: Daniel Morfesis
Cinematography: Chris Dapkins
World Sales: Luke Brawley (luke@dogwoof.com)


Matt Tyrnauer’s feature film, Valentino: The Last Emperor, has been called “flawless” by Richard Corliss of Time, and a “must-see” by The New York Times. Valentino premiered at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and won the top documentary prize at the Chicago Film Festival.