Film Screening – Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

2.00-4.30 pm ; 6.00-8.00 pm

Grand Union

A black and white image of Jane Jacobs from tje chest up holding a piece of paper with a large body of text. She has a black jumper on with layers of pearls. A short light coloured bob hairstyle with oval glasses on. This photograph was taken when she was in the middle of talking

Image credit: Mrs. Jane Jacobs, chairman of the Comm. to save the West Village holds up documentary evidence at press conference/ World Telegram & Sun photo by Phil Stanziola, 1961. Accessed via. Library of Congress.

For March’s DFF, we will be hosting a screening of the 2016 film, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. 

During the day we will be hosting a community activation day from 2pm. We invite our neighbours, friends and anyone concerned with Digbeth to help us map out the alternative community plan for Digbeth’s future. We will have soup and refreshments for us all to share. 

There will be an initial screening of the film 3.00 – 4.30pm. Please drop in.

We will have a second screening at 6.30pm, preceded by a short introduction. Join us for a chat and a drink.

The film is 1 hour and 32 minutes long and will be shown with subtitles.

‘Jane Jacobs was an American activist, and theorist who organised grass-roots activity campaigning to protect communities and neighbourhoods during the post-war ‘urban renewal’ of New York in the 1960s. It is important at this particular moment in time to retell Jacobs’ story and think about it in Digbeth’s current context – the intensive regeneration that has already begun in the area. The film echoes themes and questions raised by our previous exhibition, A Bedroom for Everyone, relating to the power of grass-roots activism and the rights of communities in the face of development and the ongoing housing crisis.’


Grand Union

19 Minerva Works
Fazeley Street
B5 5RS