Can You Dig This is a documentary about the renewing effects of urban gardening in and around LA. Directed by Delila Vallot (Tunnel Vision) and produced by Rafael Marmor and Christopher Leggett with executive producers John Legend and Mike Jackson, the film comes out on VOD December 1, 2015. The film promises to show the power of “gangster gardeners” as they call on people to put down their guns and “plant some shit.” This clip shows images of the gardeners in action, growing full beds of food. One little girl sits down to carefully explain to a friend why a banana is not a vegetable while urging her to select a favorite.
Synopsis for Can You Dig This
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 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.”
The film stars a cross-section of urban gardeners, including Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener” whose unexpected tactics have made him one of LA’s most widely known activists, 23-year-old former gang member, Mychael “Spicey” Evans and 21-year-old orphan Kenya Johnson who find hope at the Compton Community Garden, eight-year-old Quimonie Lewis who oversees a garden at her home in the projects, and former inmate Hosea Smith whose garden feeds his fellow residents at a halfway house.
83 minutes / Not yet rated