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Release Date: August 19, 2011

Starring: N/A

Genre: Documentary

Audience: All ages

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 93 minutes

Distributor: RUMUR Inc.

Director: Suki Hawley, Michael Galinsky

Executive Producer: N/A

Producer: Suki Hawley, Michael Galinsky, David Beilinson

Writer: None

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David Beilinson, Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky
Partners
RUMUR Inc.
164 Hall Street
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: (718) 636-0949
Website: www.rumur.com

Content:

(BBB, CapCapCap, PPP, L, N, A, D, M) Very strong moral, capitalist, free market worldview about a liberal who buys a condominium only to find the government has seized it by illegal eminent domain; five light obscenities; no violence; no sex scenes but some kissing; upper male nudity while shaving; alcohol use; smoking; and, corruption of government, lying, cheating, defrauding people but rebuked.

Summary:

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is an insightful documentary about one man’s battle against big government in New York when city officials in cahoots with a developer try to take away one man’s home to build a massive, high-priced complex. BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is an engaging, informative and persuasive documentary exposing government power run amok.

Review:

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is an engaging, informative and persuasive documentary exposing government power run amok.

Graphic designer Daniel Goldstein is an unlikely hero and a very unlikely free marketer. When he gets enough money, he buys a condominium in Brooklyn in anticipation of his upcoming wedding. Suddenly, he finds out that the city has condemned all the property around the Atlantic Boatyards to build a massive, 16 skyscraper and basketball arena complex for the New Jersey Nets. Daniel is furious that the government should misuse the power of eminent domain to seize his apartment and hand it over to a private developer. He battles this illegal use of government power to the very end, finally losing his apartment but exposing the lies of the city and the developer.

Shot over the course of eight years, using 500 hours of footage, BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN contains incredible insights into the corruption of government. Perfectly good housing and some very expensive housing like Daniel’s are condemned for the purposes of graft, kickbacks and greed. Silly New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Brooklyn borough president and the private developer are in cahoots in a shell game to do a project that’s unnecessary and ill conceived. At first, the developer says Frank Gehry is involved and shows some outlandishly modern architectural designs. Daniel pushes for someone else to bid on the property, who’ll actually pay people fair market value for the property and gets a bid for much less taxpayer funding. In other words, he’s saving the taxpayer money. Inconceivably, the city forgoes for the higher cost project. It’s little consolation that the city’s developer can’t deliver on his promises.

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is a very interesting, valuable documentary. It’s an incredible expose of big government. It’s the liberals who discover that government is the enemy. That said, it wanders sometimes, contains irrelevant material and fails to focus completely on its premise. It is very good but could have been great.

However, the filmmakers should be applauded and everyone should try to see BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN to see how bad big government really is.

In Brief:

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is an engaging, informative and persuasive documentary exposing government power run amok. Graphic designer Daniel Goldstein is an unlikely hero and a very unlikely free marketer. When he gets enough money, he buys a condominium in Brooklyn in anticipation of his wedding. Suddenly, he discovers that the city has condemned all the property around the Atlantic Boatyards to build a 16 skyscraper and basketball arena complex for the pro-basketball Nets. Daniel is furious that the government should misuse the power of eminent domain to seize his apartment and hand it to a private developer. He battles this illegal use of government power to the very end, finally losing his apartment but exposing the lies of city officials and the developer.

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN contains incredible insights into the corruption of government. It’s an incredible expose. It’s the liberals who discover that government is the enemy. That said, the movie wanders sometimes, contains irrelevant material and fails to focus completely on its premise. It is very good but could have been great. However, everyone should see BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN to see how bad big government really is.