The Garden (3 stars)

The Garden

(E) 77min

Possibly the first film about guerilla gardening, Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s engrossing 2008 film tells a remarkable true story about born out of insurrection.

In the aftermath of the 1992 LA riots, there suddenly appeared a 14-acre community garden a barren field littered with garbage and syringes at the intersection of 41st Street and Alameda Avenue. 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 relying on food stamps. For over ten years, the communal farm thrived. In December 2003 it appeared that the days of this inner-city oasis were numbered. As the farmers receive eviction notices and bulldozers prepare to level the garden to make room for warehouses, Kennedy documents the two-and-a-half-year court battle to save this place of beauty and sustenance. Limited extras.

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