Rudyland

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Released 2001

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Director:
Matthew Carnahan
Released:
2001
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Rudyland is a 2001 documentary taking a mostly critical look at Rudolph Giuliani's term as mayor of New York from 1994 to 2001. Generally following a chronological approach, the film highlights the mayor's controversial approach to guiding the city. It notes the mayor's eviction of the homeless from buildings owned by the city, part of his "broken windows" policy, cracking down on minor crimes to prevent more violent offenses. It covers the mayor's defense of the NYC police force following the death of Amadou Diallo. Diallo was a 23-year-old immigrant shot 41 times by the police despite being unarmed. Former mayor Ed Koch is interviewed, initially a Giuliani supporter and now one of his loudest critics. Although the film does acknowledge Giuliani's heroic behavior following the events of 9/11, it questions the mayor's commitment to civil rights and personal freedoms, and what kind of city he left behind in his wake. Rudyland is produced and directed by Matthew Carnahan and John Philp.moreless

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Culture, Politics