Il Giardino: The Gardens of Little Italy (2007)
Red ripe tomatoes, fresh green basil and sweet bell peppers can all be found growing in the historic Toronto neighborhood of Little Italy. A rich assortment of produce provides for generations of families, as these gardens quietly humanize the populous urban landscape. The diversity of food grown in the gardens of little Italy mirror the diverse communities of people who have immigrated from other countries and have settled into the area. To many, these gardens grow the roots that help sustain ones culture, land and community.
Karen Shenfeld is a filmmaker, researcher, and widely published freelance writer and poet based in Toronto. She has worked as a head researcher on a number of television documentaries produced by YAP FILMS, including
Friendly Fire. Il Giardino, The Gardens of Little Italy is her first independent film.