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Chavez Ravine is a historical and political documentary released in 2004 and directed by Jordan Mechner. This 26-minute film tells the frustrating and tragic tale of Chavez Ravine, an area of Los Angeles whose residents were forced out of their homes by the local government. At the time, the residents were told that their land would be used to erect housing projects for poor families, and that they would be able to return after the construction had finished. However, the projects never materialized and Dodger Stadium was erected instead. This film examines the process by which powerful, affluent politicians and businesspeople were able to force individuals with no political strength or clout out of their homes and off of their land. This documentary features interviews with many of the Ravine's former residents and includes stunning photography by Don Normark. Chavez Ravine is a concise, fascinating film that raises many troubling questions about eminent domain legislation in the United States.