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Los Sures1984

  • 4.3
Diego Echeverria's film skillfully represents the challenges residents of the Southside faced: poverty, 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 for the 30th anniversary premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is an invaluable piece of New York City history.

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This is the Williamsburg I remember and this is how a documentary should be made. For those who don't know this neighborhood, it is important to mention that this community was completely displaced 10 years later by gentrification.