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South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

“CAN YOU DIG THIS,” executive produced by musician John Legend, follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”

newportFILM Green Screen presented by Aquidneck Land Trust + Pierce Atwood

6:30PM – Film begins, followed by Q&A with director Delila Vallot (via Skype)


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Run time: 80 minutes
Director: Delila Vallot
Producers: Rafael Marmor (Producer), Christopher Leggett (Producer), John Legend (Executive Producer), Mike Jackson (Executive Producer), Ty Stiklorius (Executive Producer), Ron Finley (Executive Producer)
Can You Dig This
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Engaging and Delightful.

The Hollywood Reporter

Inspiring Urban Gardening doc Has Real Heart.

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