The Garden

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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.


Critic Reviews for The Garden

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  • 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
  • Scott Hamilton Kennedy's plucky, powerful storytelling makes this a worthwhile experience.

    May 7, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Garden

  • 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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