‘The Garden’ – The story of a South Central Farm

Even if you can’t go yourself, this film event sounds incredibly interesting and very powerful so please pass along the information to anyone who you may feel will be interested in attending next Thursday.
‘The Garden’ is an award-winning documentary that chronicles the complex and emotional story of the destruction of Los Angeles’ South Central Farm. Created from the ashes of the L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farm was the largest urban farm in the United States until its destruction in 2006. “The Garden” follows the farmers as they organize and launch an impassioned public battle to save the farm. The film documents the farmers’ struggle against the city’s backroom deals, and exposes the underlying issues of money, power, poverty and racial discord. The film explores the fault lines in American society, raising crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

“The Garden” won a Sterling Award for best U.S. feature at the 2008 SILVERDOCS. The jury praised the film for “its tenacity in storytelling in the face of injustice, and the filmmaker’s singular vision in bringing a gripping, dramatic, and important story to the public eye.” The Los Angeles Times calls it “an excellent documentary. . . its lessons about the levers of power and politics, about rebels becoming the establishment and how easy it is to get co-opted, are relevant everywhere. A potent human drama, “The Garden” is a case study in how hardball politics is played and why it is so difficult to take on the system.”

To see a preview of the film (get ready for the goosebumps), visit: blackvalleyfilms.com

THE MAK URBAN FUTURE INITIATIVE PRESENTS:
A Screening of “The Garden”
The award-winning documentary about the South Central Farm. Followed by Q & A with filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy and South Central Farmers representative Tezozomoc
Thursday, October 16
Reception at 6:30 pm
Screening at 7:15 pm
MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles
Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Admission is $7; $6 for seniors and students with valid I.D.; and free for Friends of the Schindler House. Reservations are recommended. Please RSVP for this event by calling (323) 651-1510 or by email at office@makcenter.org.

Photograph by Don Normark

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    On July 1, 2012, was the first time that I ever knew about the farm. When I saw it on the documentary channel, at first I couldn”t believe that it was happening and then when I saw the pinche chotas going up to the people and beating them and harrassing them, it just gave chills and memories from the riots that happened also in the 60′s and 70′s. The cruelty and inhumane actions that were taken. I not only got sad, but I also got very angry. It just goes to prove that nothing will ever change, simply for the fact that the f—— government don’ t give a shit about anything or anybody, but themselves. I cannot believe that President Obama has not seen this film. It reminded me of when Corky Gonzalez and Cesear Chavez fought for situations like that. Too bad there is no one out there who wants to speak up and say ” You are not only killing me, but you are also killing our people and Mother Earth”, but then what can you expect from greedy, selfish and ugly people!!!!!!!!

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