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The 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 families. Creating a community. But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.
Event time: Fri 8th Mar 2024 at 6:45pm - Fri 8th Mar 2024 at 9:30pm
Dinner will be served buffet style, allowing you to eat what works best for you. The fantastic kitchen team at Hawkwood are skilled at preparing delicious, nourishing meals with well sourced ingredients.
Sweet Potato and Chickpea Tagine
(sweet potato, courgette, fennel, tomato, apricots, spices, chickpeas and coriander)
Homemade Pitta Bread
“There are so many reasons I was inspired to pick up my camera and follow this story. The first time I stepped onto the garden at 41st and Alameda, the city of Los Angeles seemed to vanish. Surrounded by varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs, the smell, the air was different immediately. And the people: warm, humble, generous in spirit and with the bounty of their plots. But there was another characteristic to the farmers that is essential to this story: while most had never done anything political before, they found away to get organized, ask questions, do research, and not give up without a fair assessment of what happened here.
So with the threat of bulldozers only weeks away, my journey with The Garden began.
At every turn, we were faced with more and more complex questions, like what is the best use of our limited lands, and how do we make sure that all parties are equally represented in that discussion? Do any of us rise to such challenges as ‘Justice for all,’ or are we more often derailed by things like bias, self-interest, greed, and ego?
To me it is both simple and wickedly complex, timeless and timely: a fascinating story about the many layers of America.
At a moment when economic insecurity abounds—as rising food prices, energy and environmental crisis confront us at seemingly every turn—The Garden tells an essential story and serves as a powerful symbol of the larger world around us.”
The Silverdocs Sterling US Feature Jury
Supper and Documentary Tickets must be booked in advance. Supper and Documentary bookings close 12pm on Friday 8th March.
7:00 Dinner is served
8:00 Film starts
9:20 Approximate end time of film
Food & Drink:
Dinner will be a delicious, homemade meal. The bar will be open from 6:45pm and will close at 7:55pm.