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The Garden (2008)



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In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, hundreds of mostly Mexican-American families came together and turned a blighted corner of South Central Los Angeles into a 14 acre urban oasis with enough fruit and vegetables to feed hundreds of families.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
Top Critic

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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Audience Reviews for The Garden


This is a great documentary about a good (horrible) subject in what happened to the garden. This movie has a great pace that gives good background with interviews with just about every key subject. It has twists and turns and you start to identify with many of the subjects. Good footage and great editing. I don't know what else to say about the movie itself other than this is great doc filmmaking.

About the subject, this is the sad story of how some people just keep getting screwed over by people in power no matter what. When they try to do it the diplomatic way, it doesn't work. In a passive way, doesn't work. In a direct way, doesn't work. And never physically violent, still screwed. I am glad that this subject can be followed by many and lead to reform. See it.

Lee B

Academy Award Nominated Documentary

Academy Award Nominated film, THE GARDEN is an engaging and powerful look at the famous political and social battle over the largest community garden in the U.S (located in south central Los Angeles).

A follow-up to Kennedy's award-winning documentary, OT: OUR TOWN, the film shows how the politics of power and greed (backroom deals, land developing, green politics, money) tragically intersect with working class families who rely on this communal garden for their livelihood. Equal parts THE WIRE and HARLAN COUNTY, USA, THE GARDEN, 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.

Kenneth Turan of the LA Times said: "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 an excellent documentary that does them full justice."

shannon jeunette

A moving and interesting documentary, well documented, but very one sided. The cheapness of the filming is distracting, I understand budget restraints, but it's still not much more than a home movie.

James Higgins

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