Academy Award nominated documentary The Garden tells the story of a massive urban allotment in South Central Los Angeles, and the farmers' struggle to hold on to their land against social injustice and racism.
The fourteen-acre community garden 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 neighbourhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.
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 respond: "The garden is wonderful, but there is nothing more we can do."
With grateful thanks to Black Valley Films and Dogwoof.
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"It's tempting to call The Garden a story of innocence and experience, of evil corrupting paradise, but that would be doing a disservice to the fascinating complexities of a classic Los Angeles conflict and excellent documentary that does them full justice!" - Los Angeles Times
Winner: Grand Jury Award at Silverdocs Documentary Festival
Winner: Best Documentary at Florida International Film Festival
Winner: Best Documentary at The Camden International Film Festival