Racist Trees

Racist Trees

World premiere: IDFA 2022 / Frontlight

Cut off from the glitz and glamour of Palm Springs, and overshadowed by towering sixty-foot Tamarisk trees, lies the historically Black Lawrence Crossley neighbourhood. Allegedly planted by the City in the late 1950’s to line the 14th fairway of a City-owned golf course, these trees have become the focal point of frustration and animosity for locals who see the trees as an enduring symbol of redlining. For decades, residents have been forced to put up with the tangled overgrowth from a species so invasive, they have been officially categorised as a pest by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Until now.

USA, 2022, 88'