Essay on The Garden

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The Garden, a documentary about the South Central urban farm, demonstrates the plight of the disadvantaged; it sheds light on decisions, made by the city of Los Angeles, which did not take into account the struggles and the livelihood of the three hundred farmers who planted crops to feed their families on plots of land in the South Central Farm. The city’s usage of eminent domain and the seizure of the land that leads to the destruction of the South Central Farm—which provided sustenance for more than three hundred local families—is an example of corruption in the government that further creates an hourglass economy. The Garden, which tells the story of three South Central families who fight against corruption to save their farms, unmasks …show more content…
These tiny plots of farm inherited from their ancestors are the only things these farmers have. This has created a sense of entitlement to the land by the south urban farmers. However meager it maybe, these farmers, in very real sense, partake in the American Dream. They are happy, content people, able to provide for themselves and their families more then they could ever had before they had a land to work and farm. Right from the beginning of the documentary, the urban farmers because it reaffirms the protestant ethic woven into the fabric of American culture that preaches the American Dream; work hard and one can do anything. But, the documentary exposes, the hypocrisy behind the American Dream. In order to validate this idea, the documentary sanctifies the farm’s uniqueness. Satellite images of the urban farm distinctively placed in between the industrial buildings of metropolitan Los Angeles along with the description of the urban farm as “biggest urban farm” in the United States makes the farm seem special and distinctive in the area. In order to stress the farms distinctiveness the documentary goes into the extensive history of urban farm. The city’s seizure of land from Horowitz, a rich developer, in order to, construct a trash incinerator was stopped by Concerned Citizens of Los Angeles. The city, decided to pursue a different public policy that reduced racial tensions as a result of the Los Angeles riots and donates the land to a soup kitchen leading to

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