Birthing a New Compton
Matthew Williams, September 14, 2010, KCET
‘”My neighborhood, explain it…it’s joy, peace, love, and happiness, and the best riding we can do,” Richland Farm resident and town horseshoer, Andrew Johnson explains at the end of Birthing a New Compton, a short documentary video produced by high school students from Environmental Charter High School.
The video explores the Richland Farm community, a small agricultural pocket of Compton in South Los Angeles, demystifying society’s negative portayal of the area through popular culture and mass media. What the students from Lawndale discover is a much more peaceful and closely knit community of farmers and horse riders who all know each other and work together to maintain the area’s unique “old country” vibrancy.”
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