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3th DMZ Docs(2011)

I AM DOCU



Battle for Brooklyn

Michael GALINSKY, Suki HAWLEY

  • USA
  • 2011
  • 93min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

People always lose their ground in the landscape dominated by capitalism, and the mechanism of exploitation looks alike everywhere. An example can be found in a redevelopment project right in the middle of New York, announced in 2003 for one neighborhood in Brooklyn, a relatively underprivileged area of the city. Mayor Bloomberg and other people announcing the project promised a rosy future resulting from the development. The project would solve the housing problem, create jobs and invite great buildings that would fit the reputation of Brooklyn. And an arena for the New Jersey Nets, one of the best NBA teams, would be constructed in the center. This film follows the eightyear struggle of an ordinary citizen who is forced to give up his home. As a Korean who is so accustomed to the cycle of redevelopment plans followed by opposition and eventual enforcement, I thought this cycle would be different in the greatest city of the World’s richest country. But the result is contrary to my expectation, only a bitter déjà vu.

Proponents defeat opponents one after another, and the project operator pushes away opponents under the cover of the law. Less than one percent of the promised jobs are created, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which put up 80 percent of the construction site price owing to the financial difficulties of the private developer, raises fares or cuts back services to cover its deficits. Aren’t these all too familiar? Too often we forget that, in a capitalist society, the priority of development is always the profits of capital. (KANG Seokpil)​

Review

Director

  • Michael GALINSKY, Suki HAWLEY

    A partner in Brooklyn-based multimedia studio Rumur, filmmaker Suki Hawley has been collaborating with husband Michael Galinski for almost 20 years. They recently directed and edited the documentary feature Battle for Brooklyn, their fifth feature. In 2002, Hawley and Galinsky released their first documentary feature, Horns and Halos, which followed the efforts of an underground publisher to release a discredited biography of George W. Bush. Battle for Brooklyn (2011) Miami Manhunt (2006) Code 33 (2004) Horns and Halos (2002)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerDavid BELINSON
  • Cinematography Michael GALINSKY
  • Editor Suki HAWLEY
  • Music David REID, Derek BERMEL

Distributor / World Sales

Distribution / World Sales  Rumur

Address  164 Hall St Brooklyn, NY 11205, USA

Tel  1 917 513 3180

E-mail  Michael@rumur.com​