The Garden Was An Olive Branch
The people who signed up were exceptional gardeners, and soon turned that 14-acre tract of urban blight into a neighborhood Eden, a cornucopia of flora replete with beautiful flowers, fruit-bearing trees of a wide variety, all sorts of vegetables. It was a haven, a retreat, a communal success story.
Most of those who dug into those little plots of land were Mexican-Americans, some were African-Americans and all of them were poor. All of them depended on the produce they grew for their sustenance and as a source of additional income. The garden became a symbol of hope. I was a revered presence in the community, a light in the lives of inner city Los Angelenos.
Until the day when a greedy land owner notified them that they were being evicted. He claimed title to the land, and wanted to build warehouses on it.
South Central Farmers quickly recovered from their shock and mobilized for a fight. With the dedicated support of attorney Dan Stormer, they put up one helluva battle--in court and in the press. Their plight became a celebrated cause--with Darryl Hanna, Danny Glover, Joan Baez and other celebrities stopping by to lend a hand. They also allowed Scott Hamilton Kennedy to make this extraordinary documentary about their community struggle.
A Heart Wrenching Moment
Scott Hamilton Kennedy's cinematography is gorgeous--you can practical smell the flowers and taste the fruit. He captures the souls of the farmers, and shows you how connected they are to the land. The film is a beautiful portrait of a unique community and it will surely move you.
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- Release Date: 2008, in limited release
- Running Time: 80 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Country: Los Angeles
- Language: English
- Company: Black Valley Films