About BRICK CITY
Created and directed by the award-winning filmmakers Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin, BRICK CITY, is a documentary series that fans out around the city of Newark, New Jersey to capture the daily drama of a community striving to become a better, safer, stronger place to live. Against great odds, Newark's citizens and its Mayor, Cory A. Booker, fight to raise the city out of nearly a half century of violence, poverty and corruption.
BRICK CITY showcases the lives of Mayor Booker, citizens on the front lines, and key figures re-making the city – from developers to ex-gang members - intertwined in a portrait of a city at a critical moment in history. Newark, New Jersey is known as "Brick City" for its architectural style, urban strength and human resilience. The city has consistently been a battlefield of high stakes drama, and in the wake of the riots and rebellion that exploded in 1967, it became a symbol of American urban decline. Filmed in the second full year of Mayor Booker's administration, BRICK CITY follows the Mayor and member of his administration and average Newarkers who are engaged in the complex, difficult and essential work of urban renewal.