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The Garden 
80 minutes
Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Year: 2008
Country: U.S.A.

Thu 12:00 pm RUSH , Fri 3:00 pm RUSH , Sun 6:00 pm RUSH A 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 347 families. Creating a community. But now, bulldozers are poised to level their oasis.

Mostly immigrants from countries where they feared to speak out, they organize, fight back, and demand answers: Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fairmarket value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council? The Garden tells the story of backroom deals, developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. Nominated for a 2009 Academy Award for Best feature-length Documentary. [language, subtitles]

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Utopia, Part 3: The World's Largest Shopping Mall 
13 minutes
Director: Sam Green, Carrie Lozano
Year: 2009
Country: U.S.A., China

The South China Mall is the world's largest. Built in 2005, at more than twice the size of the previous record holder in Minnesota, the mall once symbolized China's economic prowess. The reality on the ground, however, is a more complex metaphor for the future of global capitalism. [subtitles]

Sponsor: Rogue Creamery
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