||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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