inner city garden in LA...started after the riots in 1992, threatened with eviction in 2008...now bulldozed...film trailer

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The Garden

An award-winning doc that chronicles the struggle of the South Central Farmers in Los Angeles.


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Scott Hamilton Kennedy / USA / 2008 / 80 min

The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.

But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.

The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers:

Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council? Why has it never been made public?

And the powers-that-be have the same response: “The garden is wonderful, but there is nothing more we can do.”

If everyone told you nothing more could be done, would you give up?

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The Garden has the pulse of verité with the narrative pull of fiction, telling the story of the country’s largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. The film explores and exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.


watch the youtube trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va6VaUIQSxU&feature=player_embedded


and check out the endorsements here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDwzFgEhKyY&feature=related


and the bulldozing here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wusCsE9C5rw&feature=related


There are other interesting films here http://www.cinemapolitica.org/node/509


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Comment by Kali on November 17, 2010 at 9:33pm
I saw some stuff about this a while back on youtube, Darryl Hannah was there I think, its heartbreaking this kind of stuff, makes me so mad. will be interested to see this film, thanks for posting

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