World Premiere Throughout Washington, D.C., people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities are gardening side by side, growing vegetables, fruits and flowers in community gardens. Some are looking for basic sustenance, others for a way to remember their homelands, still others for a place to find a respite from their troubles. Through the voices of young people, senior citizens, immigrants, garden volunteers and educators, this documentary explores the vital role of seven D.C. urban community gardens as sources of fresh, nutritious food, outdoor classrooms, places of healing, links to immigrants’ native countries and oases of beauty and calm in inner-city neighborhoods. The film also looks back on the history of community gardens in the United States, from the potato patch farms of the late 19th century, to the victory gardens of World War II, to community gardening’s current renaissance. Directed and produced by Cintia Cabib.
National Museum of Women in the Arts: Introduced by Deborah Gaston, Director of Education, National Museum of Women in the Arts. Discussion with filmmaker Cintia Cabib, Kaifa Anderson-Hall, Program Director, Washington Youth Garden and Pertula George, Executive Director, Common Good City Farm, follows screening.
THEARC: Discussion with filmmaker Cintia Cabib, and Lola Bloom and Rebecca Lemos, Co-founders, City Blossoms, follows screening.