Film Review: Urban Roots

A documentary about how Detroit turns its desolate lots into vegetable plots.
by Keith Goetzman
March-April 2012


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You may have heard about Detroit’s urban farming movement, but the documentary Urban Roots brings it alive by getting down in the furrows with the growers who are turning the city’s vacant lots into fields of abundance.

Resilient only begins to describe these determined, resourceful citizens who have seen jobs and neighbors disappear as the city depopulates. Instead of fleeing, they’ve stayed and begun growing vegetables. Lots of them. There is plenty of “ruin porn” about blighted Detroit, but let others focus on what’s dead and dying; this movie is about what’s growing here.

(on DVD; Tree Media)








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