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The Garden 

Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy (Oscilloscope)

The box for The Garden compares the Oscar-nominated documentary to The Wire, David Simon's (fictional) street-level look at the tiny moral compromises, bureaucratic limitations and subtle corruption that can influence civic politics. It's a fair comparison---Simon's semi-fictionalized Baltimore is a place where the right decisions and actions aren't necessarily the most politically feasible ones; as The Garden demonstrates, so is real-life Los Angeles. Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy skillfully shares the unbelievable story of how, despite the best efforts of Danny Glover and Willie Nelson, America's largest urban farm----a 14-acre stretch of greenery in South Central LA---was done in by a sneaky backroom deal, some half-assed soccer fields and stubbornness.

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