Newark: the hardest, most ghetto city in America, possibly the world. If you think your city is ghetto, come here and prepare to be blown away. -UrbanDictionary.com
Brick City is a provocative and eye-opening 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 Booker, fight to raise the city out of a half century of violence, poverty and corruption. Booker, an outspoken and charismatic mayor who many compare to Barack Obama, works with Police Director Garry McCarthy, youth mentors, Blood and Crip gang members and other citizens on the front line to bring peace and prosperity to their once-proud city.
Bringing to life the true challenges and adventures of social transformation and urban renewal, Brick City goes from City Hall to the street to create a vivid portrait of a city at a critical moment in history.
"Engrossing... Rich and remarkably entertaining. A nonfiction blend of The Wire and West Wing." - Associated Press
"Enthralling!" - Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Unflinching...like a real-life version of The Wire." - Entertainment Weekly
"Lively and interesting...a vibrant portrait of a city’s attempt to better itself." - Chicago Tribune
"All you fans of The Wire...it's time to watch Brick City, a sprawling, absorbing documentary about life and crime in Newark. Its long, and worth it." - Washington Post
Release Year : 2009
Running Time: 260 minutes on 2 discs