My Brooklyn (2013)



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My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson's personal journey, as a Brooklyn "gentrifier," to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. The story begins when Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by cheap rents and bohemian culture. By Michael Bloomberg's election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhoods she has come to call home. She watches as an explosion of luxury housing and chain store development spurs bitter conflict over who has a right to live in the city and to determine its future. While some people view these development patterns as ultimately revitalizing the city, to others, they are erasing the eclectic urban fabric, economic and racial diversity, creative alternative culture, and unique local economies that drew them to Brooklyn in the first place. It seems that no less than the city's soul is at stake. (c) Official Site


Critic Reviews for My Brooklyn

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

When Anderson allows the experts - or simply those most deeply impacted by the changes - to speak, the film has a powerful urgency.

Jan 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ms. Anderson traces a tale of aggressive rezoning, multimillion-dollar development deals and racial displacement.

Jan 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/5

The personal and political don't always align as well as they're meant to, but enough of the labor-of-love aspects shine through in a positive way to grant the film a genuine emotional core.

Jan 2, 2013 | Full Review…

Striking a fine balance between personal journal and political expose, Kelly Anderson's docu examines the unnatural causes of changes wrought in Brooklyn neighborhoods due to gentrification.

Jan 2, 2013 | Full Review…
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An intriguing depiction of urban gentrification in action, marred somewhat by an unnecessary dip into the first person.

Jan 9, 2013 | Full Review…

A thoughtful piece of documentary journalism that synecdochically uses the controversial redevelopment of the Fulton Street Mall to talk about the process of gentrification.

Dec 31, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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