After the L.A. riots of 1992, Latin American immigrants created the miracle of a 14-acre community farm in blighted South Central Los Angeles, only to have a wealthy developer threaten to purchase and destroy it. As the farmers receive eviction notices and bulldozers prepare to level the garden to make room for warehouses, filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy documents the lengthy court battle to save the people’s farm. We watch the farmers organize, fight back, and demand answers. But the powers-that-be always have the same response: “The garden is wonderful, but there is nothing more we can do.” If everyone told us nothing more could be done, would we give up?
Jim Cohen, Ph.D., Director of the Urban Studies & Planning Program at the University of Maryland, will facilitate the discussion following the film.
Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition – one of three Greenbelt groups jointly directing the Reel & Meal program – is sponsoring this showing of The Garden. For more information, contact Donna Hoffmeister at and visit The Garden website.
Prior to The Garden, a video clip will show survivors victims of Sierra Leone’s 10-year “blood diamonds” war receiving donated clothing. Please bring clothing and shoes that you can spare to the August 19 Reel & Meal or, from August 20 to 25, place them just inside the front door of the cafe. PGPJC will send your items to the war victims. For more information, contact Abdul Turay at 240-640-0082 or Ed Fallon at .