Nothing propels a documentary like injustice, and Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley's infuriating chronicle of an outer-borough David-versus-Goliath saga plays like a marathon of inequity. For years, the filmmakers recorded the birth pangs of the Atlantic Yards project: a Brooklyn real-estate plan that railroaded city government and booted local residents in favor of skyscrapers and a basketball arena. Battle offers both a sobering portrait of personal revolt (notably through activist Daniel Goldstein, whose eviction fight landed in the State Supreme Court) and a searing case study of a community dismantled by racial and economic tensions. Alas, it's not much of a battle; more like Requiem for Brooklyn.
Friday June 17 2011