The Garden
The Garden (2008)

In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, hundreds of mostly Mexican-American families came together and turned a blighted corner of South Central Los Angeles into a 14 acre urban oasis with enough fruit and vegetables to feed hundreds of… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Justice and Corruption and Profit are abstractions, and film is so ill suited to deal with abstractions.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

The Garden is an especially fatuous documentary, nominated for an Oscar this year, about a community garden in South Central LA where Latino farmers have been allowed to grow food on somebody else's land.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

If ever there was a micro/macro analogy for the mess we're in with this beaten down old planet, Scott Hamilton Kennedy's film about the farm in South Central L.A. is as good as it gets.

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

A good documentary leaves the viewer wanting more. A problematic one leaves the viewer needing more.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

This intricate and compelling documentary paints a saddening portrait of American politics.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

an interesting film simply for the complexity of this issue

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

[Director] Hamilton captures the heart-wrenching devastation done in the name of profit, as citizens mourn. Incredibly effecting.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Scott Hamilton Kennedy's plucky, powerful storytelling makes this a worthwhile experience.

Bill Gibron

The Garden moves beyond the feel good facet of any apparent ending to show how stark, stupid reality can rip said victory away. It won't make sense - none of these 'us vs. them' situations ever do - but it does create compelling cinema.

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