Los Sures

Los Sures

Directed by Diego Echeverria • 1984 • United States

Diego Echeverria’s vivid portrait of South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the early 1980s captures the challenges the neighborhood faced: poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. It also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of the culture, its creativity, and its residents’ determination to overcome a desperate situation. Unseen for decades before its triumphant reemergence, this documentary time capsule represents an invaluable piece of New York history.

LOS SURES is presented alongside “Living Los Sures,” a selection of recent short films that explore the ways in which issues of class, gentrification, and urban development continue to shape present-day Brooklyn.

Los Sures
  • Los Sures

    Directed by Diego Echeverria • 1984 • United States

    Diego Echeverria’s vivid portrait of South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the early 1980s captures the challenges the neighborhood faced: poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequa...

Extras

  • Third Shift

    Directed by Anthony Banua-Simon • 2014 • United States

    Once producing half of the nation’s sugar, the Domino Sugar Refinery was a symbol of the industrial work available in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Ten years after its closure, two former workers who live only blocks away return to their day...

  • The Last Bread

    Directed by Maria Rosa Badia • 2013 • United States

    After seventeen years in business, the family-owned La Villita Bakery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was forced to close its doors, a victim of rising rents and rapid gentrification. Chronicling the final days of this beloved establishment, THE LAS...

  • Division Avenue

    Directed by Anne-Katrine Hansen and Janna Kyllästinen • 2015 • United States

    A sensory city symphony exploring the architecture and urban space around the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, this experimental short employs poetic imagery and ambient sound recordings to reveal traces of the lives lived i...

  • Álvaro

    Directed by Daniel Wilson, Elizabeth Warren, Alexandra Lazarowich, and Chloe Zimmerman • 2015 • United States

    As seasons pass, seventy-five-year-old Brooklyn resident Álvaro Brandon traces a quotidian path between the vacant lots of his community in order to feed forty stray cats. While he navig...

  • 300 Nassau

    Directed by Marina Lameiro • 2015 • United States

    Gentrification in New York City frequently conceals criminal practices, as in the story of 300 Nassau Avenue, where tenants faced harassment from their landlord until he ultimately destroyed their building. Using the testimony of one of the tenan...

  • LOS SURES: 1984 & Pa’lante!

    This short documentary tells the story behind LIVING LOS SURES, an expansive project about South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which started with the restoration of Diego Echeverria’s LOS SURES, and greg to include a collection of forty short films, the interactive documentary 89 STEPS, and the cinemat...