CineCLACS presents a screening of the groundbreaking documentary Los Sures by director Diego Echevarria. The film will be followed by a discussion
with former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Cynthia Lopez and Christopher Allen (UnionDocs), moderated by Pegi Vail (NYU).
This groundbreaking documentary Los Sures (60 min., 1984, Dir: Diego Echeverria) chronicles Latino lives in pre-gentrified Williamsburg inspiring the current collaborative UnionDocs project, Living Los Sures.
About Los Sures Film
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.
About Living Los Sures
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.
This event is hosted in collaboration with Union Docs Center for Documentary Art, Latino Studies, and Cinema Studies at NYU. It is free and open to the public. Photo ID is required to enter the building.