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Battle for Brooklyn, a sprawling documentary about the saga of a 22-acre megaproject in one of New York City’s most rapidly developing neighborhoods, doesn’t pretend to be objective. It meanders through years of interviews with residents who crusaded against their displacement brought on by the state’s use of eminent domain and lingers on protests and press conferences where politicians made bombastic promises about the jobs and affordable housing the project would bring (which, as construction begins, already don’t match up to reality). The facile David-and-Goliath narrative, though, provides insight into the nature of the resistance as much as the machinations of the powerful—every development has its opponents who lay claim to the “soul of a community.” We can only wish that the District’s biggest fights between government and residents, like those concerning Nationals Park and Skyland Town Center, receive a similar treatment.
The film shows 8 p.m. tonight, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 6 p.m. Sunday at Artisphere’s Dome Theatre. All showings include a Q&A with directors Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley and neighborhood activist Dan Goldstein. $7, artisphere.com. (703) 875-1100.