My 4 year old fell and split his chin open this morning…we have to wait until 3:00 to get stitches ( I didn’t know that so long as the bleeding has stopped — stitches can wait for up to 24 hours!?! – which is a good thing since the Urgent Care facility and ER are always completely overrun!)…..The nurse told us to keep him still and calm…so we sat down in front of the TV, put in Empire Strikes Back, and he promptly fell asleep (now I really know he doesn’t feel good). So I have been sitting here since….occasionally perusing the channels and pay per view…..which is what this post is actually all about.
Have you heard of the the documentary film called The Garden?
By all accounts it is a remarkable story about a 14 acre community garden in south central LA (the largest int he country). It started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, but 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 who are mostly immigrants from Latin America where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out. But now they 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?”
In an era where gardens are part of the silent movement of the masses and particularly the poor toward a greener and more sustainable economy, this film tells the story of the country’s largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. It was nominated for an academy award and won many other notable accolades, and now, I see, as I sit here waiting for the Dr. ….it is available on pay per view….I think I will be watching it later tonight ….
Have you seen it? What did you think?