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The Garden

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Released 2006

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Director:
Don Michael Paul
Released:
2006
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The Garden was a 14-acre oasis in the heart of South Central Los Angeles. After the L.A. riots in 1992, the land was set aside for use as a community garden. The residents of the area, mostly immigrants from Latin America, transformed the patch of dirt into the largest urban garden in the United States complete with beautiful flowers, fruit-bearing trees and a variety of vegetables used to feed the families and others in the area. In 2006, the city sold the property to a developer who destroyed the garden and closed it for use by the community. Organizers questioned the land deal, which included a purchase price below fair market value and was carried out in a closed-door session of the city council. The film examined the politics behind the deal as well as the fight of the South Central residents to keep the garden going. Court cases were settled with contradictory rulings and other community organizations battled the farmers. At the last minute, the developer offered to sell the land to the farmers for several million dollars. The fundraising efforts of the farmers attracted national attention and some celebrity intervention. The documentary directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy was named Best Documentary Feature at the 2009 Academy Awards.moreless
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