Baseball and the displacement of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles

What recollections and histories are coated by Dodger Stadium?

4 years after the Dodgers baseball group moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958, Dodger Stadium was constructed on an space of land generally known as Chávez Ravine, inhabited by generations of close-knit folks of Mexican descent. Chávez Ravine sat on a hill and ignored the Metropolis of Angels.

As an alternative of constructing public housing within the space as town initially proposed, metropolis leaders claimed that public housing was a communist plot and constructing a stadium was a greater, extra capitalistic, and American concept. Inhabitants of Chavez Ravine be damned.

The movie Chávez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story narrates this fascinating and acquainted historical past of displacement, exploitation, and neglect.

“In the course of the early Fifties, town of Los Angeles forcibly evicted the 300 households of Chavez Ravine to make approach for a low-income public housing undertaking. The land was cleared and the properties, colleges, and the church had been razed. However as a substitute of constructing the promised housing, town—in a transfer rife with political controversy—bought the land to Brooklyn Dodgers baseball proprietor Walter O’Malley, who constructed Dodger Stadium on the location. The residents of Chavez Ravine, who had been promised first decide of the residences within the proposed housing undertaking, got no reimbursement for his or her destroyed property and compelled to scramble for housing elsewhere.

Fifty years later, filmmaker Jordan Mechner explores what occurred, interviewing lots of the former residents of Chavez Ravine in addition to among the officers who oversaw the destruction of the group. Narrated by Cheech Marin and scored by Ry Cooder and Lalo Guerrero, Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story combines modern interviews with archival footage and [John] Normark’s haunting black-and-white pictures to reclaim and have a good time a beloved group of the previous.”