The Garden (2008)



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In the aftermath of the 1992 L.A. riots, something truly remarkable happened at the intersection of 41st Street and Alameda Avenue thanks to an uncharacteristically charitable move by the city government; where once existed a barren field littered with garbage and syringes suddenly appeared a 14-acre community garden. Dubbed the South Central Farm, the produce garden soon began yielding fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and sweet papayas. Now the local farmers could enjoy their own crops rather than … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 18, 2009
Oscilloscope Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Garden

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10)

Justice and Corruption and Profit are abstractions, and film is so ill suited to deal with abstractions.

Full Review… | May 21, 2009
Boston Globe
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A good documentary leaves the viewer wanting more. A problematic one leaves the viewer needing more.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
Washington Post
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[Director] Hamilton captures the heart-wrenching devastation done in the name of profit, as citizens mourn. Incredibly effecting.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
New York Daily News
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The Garden is an especially fatuous documentary, nominated for an Oscar this year, about a community garden in South Central LA where Latino farmers have been allowed to grow food on somebody else's land.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
New York Post
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This intricate and compelling documentary paints a saddening portrait of American politics.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
New York Times
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Scott Hamilton Kennedy's plucky, powerful storytelling makes this a worthwhile experience.

Full Review… | May 7, 2009
Associated Press
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