The Garden: A Film
by Debra Kozikowski
A diet that includes lots of fresh, local produce is good for everyone. And if you grow your own, the rewards even include a little tranquility as you work your garden. But what about poverty stricken city dwellers? What’s the gain for following the dream of taking a plot of inner city land and turning it into a community garden? And what happens when that dream is threatened?
That is the story told in Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s documentary “The Garden “.
This amazingly well done film follows the thousands of people who were part of the South Central Farmers and shows the garden from humble beginnings, following the 1992 Los Angeles riots, to the zenith of this self-sustaining, organic 14 acre farm in the middle of a predominantly Hispanic and impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, California.
The Garden, currently being screened in Los Angeles at the NuArt Theater, is scheduled to be shown in San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, DC. If you are lucky enough to find this gem of a documentary playing in your neck of the woods, I sure hope you go to see it. The Garden isn’t just about the evolution of an inner city farm. In the end, it’s a story about a group of people finding their voice, standing up to powerful interests and making themselves heard.