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Battle for Brooklyn

Battle for Brooklyn is a film by RUMUR 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.

FEATURING: Daniel Goldstein, Shabnam Merchant, Bruce Ratner, Patti Hagan, Norman Siegel, Marty Markowitz, Jay-Z, Letitia James, Michael Bloomberg


“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


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