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
Jun 18, 2008 Wide
Aug 18, 2009
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Justice and Corruption and Profit are abstractions, and film is so ill suited to deal with abstractions.
A good documentary leaves the viewer wanting more. A problematic one leaves the viewer needing more.
[Director] Hamilton captures the heart-wrenching devastation done in the name of profit, as citizens mourn. Incredibly effecting.
This intricate and compelling documentary paints a saddening portrait of American politics.
Scott Hamilton Kennedy's plucky, powerful storytelling makes this a worthwhile experience.
The Garden moves beyond the feel good facet of any apparent ending to show how stark, stupid reality can rip said victory away. It won't make sense - none of these 'us vs. them' situations ever do - but it does create compelling cinema.
[Director Kennedy] lets his subjects tell their tales in their own words. And that's what really makes the film interesting.
A compelling, inspirational, provocative and thoroughly engrossing documentary.
A compelling documentary about an urban garden collective and their fight for justice in a nation where poor people are expected to keep quiet and not speak truth to power.
The documentary digs deep into the racial and monetary problems of a tumultuous, melting-pot community.
A political documentary that is as lovingly developed as the garden cared for by poor immigrants.
A heartbreaking documentary which landed a well-deserved Oscar-nomination for its touching portrayal of Spanish-speaking salt-of-the-earth who find it hard to fathom that the legal system could possibly side with a crook out to flatten the fruit of their
An infuriatingly clear-eyed documentary...suspenseful and moving, a film that keeps you guessing (and hoping) right up until the conclusion.
Presents a classic story of the little guy taking on The Man with both thrilling and frustrating results.
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