The IFI will welcome guest speakers, Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, Dublin City Councillor for the North Inner City, Natalie de Róiste, City Organiser Jane’s Walk Dublin, town planner and architectural historian and Alan Mee, Lecturer in urban design, School of Architecture, planning and Environmental Policy, UCD to participate in a panel discussion following the 16.00 screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City on Sunday, May 7th.

When journalist, author, and activist Jane Jacobs wrote her seminal work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities in 1961, she helped to change the way we consider urban living; viewing cities as holistic networks of people functioning as distinct yet connected communities.

Diametrically opposed to her thinking was Robert Moses, the New York construction magnate who transformed the city after World War II by gutting its community-centric, poorer neighbourhoods to introduce monolithic rows of apartments. Focusing on the time in the 1960s when they clashed over Moses’ plan to cut expressways through Greenwich Village, Soho and Little Italy.

Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary presents these two figures as antagonists locked in a heated ideological battle for the future of New York.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City opens at the IFI on Friday, May 5th

Tickets for Citizen Jane + panel discussion are on sale now at www.ifi.ie or from the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477. Tickets for all other screenings of Citizen Jane will go on sale Tuesday, May 2nd

Also screening this month at the IFI is Woody Allen’s romantic classic Manhattan, a look back to the golden days of New York City, one that also affords it a prominence and timelessness that no other film has replicated since.

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