The Southside of Williamsburg is Los Sures. 1984 & today. Together, we share the story of one of the strongest barrios in Brooklyn.
This refurbished 1984 documentary on the Brooklyn neighbourhood once known as “Los Sures” recalls a time before hipsters.
In the late 70s and early 80s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighbourhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America.
Diego Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the challenges of its time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources.
The complex 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.
Beautifully restored just in time for the 30th anniversary of the premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is a priceless piece of New York City history.
“Trenchant and eye-opening.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“An authenticity that has been captured by no fiction film I’ve ever seen.” – L.A. Weekly
“Both an invaluable record of pre-gentrification Brooklyn and an ode to a community’s resilience.” – BAMcinématek
LOS SURES courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
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