Film Review: Urban Roots
A documentary about how Detroit turns its desolate lots into vegetable plots.
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
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)