From The Southside Of Williamsburg With Love
Nearly lost, Los Lures a 1984 documentary film by Diego Echeverria has been restored for theatrical exhibition just in time for its 30th anniversary and become the point of departure for an expansive documentary project, called Living Los Sures.
In the late 70s and early 80s, the Southside of Williamsburg was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America.
The 1984 film Los Sures by Diego Echeverria skillfully represents the challenges of this time; drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single parent homes, and inadequate local resources. Yet, Echeverria’s portrait 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 desperate situation.
Living Los Sures multi-platform work reframes the neighborhood today through an impressive collection of new short documentaries, updates the film’s narrative through an interactive feature called 89 Steps, and remixes Echeverria’s film Shot by Shot with memories and stories gathered through the participation of longterm local residents.
The resulting portrait brings together the remarkable past and present of a very unique place, and offers a rich and collaborative study of an urban community striving for sustainability against displacement and forces of gentrification. See Williamsburg before it was the ground zero of hipsterism.
A must see projet we really recommend you to see.
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Director-Producer: Diego Echeverria
Executive producer: David Loxton
Directors of photography: Mark Benjamin, Alicia Weber
Editor: Kathryn Taverna
Venue: Metrograph, New York City
In Spanish and English
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