With the slogan of “greening the hood for the common good,” a group of young South Los Angeles teens are taking direct action in their city. Known collectively as “South Central Resistance,” the youth practice guerrilla gardening with seed bombs and spirit. The concept is quite simple. Find a barren plot of land in the city’s vast urban sprawl, dig it up, and green it with plants. This of course, is a guerrilla act, as no permission is sought from city government or anyone else to return life to the Earth! For these teens, it’s also an act motivated by the very real presence of environmental racism in their predominately minority neighborhoods.
Co-directed by my ultra talented good friend Thenmozhi Soundararajan, “Resistance is Fertile,” chronicles the gardeners and their activism in South LA culminating in an event known as the “Big Dig!” When members from the community get together with supporters from the outside, a plot is transformed from dormant nothingness to a new vibrancy! However, as the guerrilla gardeners have faced harrassment from the police before, will their environmental act stand? Or will the city dig up the Big Dig? To find out, be sure not to miss the premiere of the documentary tomorrow night. Arrive early as a packed house is sure to be had.
Info about the screening:
Guerrilla Gardening: Resistance is Fertile Documentary Friday, May 8, 2009 7:30pm – 10:30pm Location: Eileen L. Norris Cinema Theatre 3507 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, CA