Battle for Brooklyn


Direct TV

About the Film

Battle for Brooklyn is about eminent domain abuse and the development of a professional basketball arena in Brooklyn. Widely known as the Atlantic Yards project, the undertaking was a major source of contention between the government, property owners, and private developers as local residents resisted a billionaire developer’s attempt to use eminent domain to seize their homes and businesses.


“The movie has heart, soul and chutzpah. The time line that drives Battle for Brooklyn makes it as urgent as any Hollywood thriller.” Four stars-NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“A gripping, cinematic story with an epic character arc.”-DOCUMENTARY MAGAZINE
“A love story. A compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance.”-SALON
“Remarkable. Nothing depicts the brough’s backbone with more personality and urgency than Battle for Brooklyn.”-THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Infuriating. Battle offers both a sobering portrait of personal revolt and a searing case study of a community dismantled by racial and economic tensions.” Four Stars- TIME OUT NEW YORK


Winner: Best Documentary Brooklyn Film Festival 2011
Winner: Grand Chameleon Award Brooklyn Film Festival 2011
Official Selection: Hot Docs 2011
Official Selection: Chicago Underground Film Festival 2011
Best Documentary: Academy Award Shortlist 2012

Feature Film
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