The Garden

2008, Documentary, 1h 20m

24 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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The South Central Farm is a 14-acre community garden that was established in the ruins of the L.A. riots in 1992. After the lush garden thrived for a decade, the urban farmers were notified that they were being evicted. In a back-room deal, the city of Los Angeles sold the space back to the developer who originally owned it. The farmers mobilize to prevent the onslaught of bulldozers in an attempt to save their beautiful land and the sustainable life it has provided.

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Critic Reviews for The Garden

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (5)

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

    May 21, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A good documentary leaves the viewer wanting more. A problematic one leaves the viewer needing more.

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

    May 8, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 8, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • This intricate and compelling documentary paints a saddening portrait of American politics.

    May 8, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • The documentary digs deep into the racial and monetary problems of a tumultuous, melting-pot community.

    May 8, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 30, 2009
    Riveting documentary about the massive legal and political battle that ensued over a 14 acre community garden tended to by the Hispanic residents in South Central Los Angeles since after the Rodney King riots. A gripping and timely portrait of racism and Capitalistic greed run amok, over a green haven steeped in tradition nestled among the buildings of LA.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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