Next Monday, February 9 at 7:30 PM, Cinema Politica in collaboration with Concordia’s Planners Network will be showing the film The Garden. From the event listing:
“A Monumental Battle for the Right to Grow Food
THE GARDEN (Scott Hamilton Kennedy / USA / 2008 / 80 min) is co-sponsored by Concordia’s Planners Network (for info. on planners network, visit: www.plannersnetwork.org) and director Scott Hamilton
Kennedy will give a virtual speaker’s introduction to the evening.
FAMILIA 068 (Toni Edo & Rubén Margallo / Spain-Nicaragua / 2007 /
27min) will precede THE GARDEN.
The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.
But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.
The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers:
Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council? Why has it never been made public?
For information on this screening, including full synopsis, credits,and trailer, visit this page.
The film will be shown at Cinema Politica’s usual location at the H-110 Auditorium in the Hall Building at 1455 boul de Maisonneuve.