UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art

322 Union Ave. Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY 11211 — Map

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An expansive documentary project about the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Part omnibus film, part media archeology, part deep-map and city symphony, the project uses Los Sures, a brilliant work of cinema verite directed by Diego Echeverria in 1984, as a starting point for the investigations of more than sixty artists over the course of five years. Its a story of a longstanding Latino community that is defeating displacement and surviving the growth machine. It restores a lost film, remixes local histories, reinvestigates the Southside today, and hopes to reunites a neighborhood around a sustainable future.
In the early 80s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Shot in 1984, Diego Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the many challenges this place faced: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. At the same time, the documentary also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a sometimes desperate situation. Beautifully restored just in time for the 30th anniversary of its original premiere at the New York Film Festival, Los Sures is a piece of New York City history we must not forget.

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