Back in mid-2006, the South Central Farm made big national news when it was under the threat of bulldozing. At that time the farmers, along with many supportive community activists, fought hard to keep their edible community garden. In the end, however, the bulldozers won, and the South Central Farm slowly fell off the national news radar, although the farmers and community members continue to fight commercial development in the area.
Nominated for an academy award last year, The Garden follows the story of the South Central Farm, from its beginnings in 1992 to the bulldozing in 2006. According to the film’s description:
The Garden has the pulse of verité with the narrative pull of fiction, telling the story of the country’s largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. The film explores and 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.
April 24 - Los Angeles, Calif., Landmark Nuart
May 1 - San Francisco, Calif., Landmark Theatres
May 1 - Berkeley, Calif., Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
May 8 - New York City, Cinema Village
May 15 - Washington DC, Landmark E-Street