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363 Ratings

Los Sures

Directed by Diego Echeverria
United States, 1984


In the late 70s and early 80s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighbourhoods in New York City. Diego Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the challenges of its time: drugs, gang violence, crime; while also giving a portrait of the vitality of this Puerto Rican and Dominican community.

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Los Sures Directed by Diego Echeverria

Critics reviews

More than just a vivid time capsule of Williamsburg's Southside and its largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community circa 1984—though it is that—Diego Echeverria's handful of individual stories makes a powerful 16mm collage of the timeless struggles of low-income survival amidst the snares of vice and hopelessness and the bedrock of family and neighbors.
April 29, 2016
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The film's abbreviated length may partly explain why it never received a theatrical release, but on Friday it begins a run at the Metrograph in New York. It's a must see for those interested in both the history of Lost New York and the power of nonfiction cinema.
April 14, 2016
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Recounting the decimation wrought by drugs in the neighborhood, Evelyn delivers the doc's bleakest pronouncement: "There's no joy anymore. There's only a lot of pain." Los Sures, with its interstitial moments filled with street peacocking, impromptu sidewalk concerts, and al fresco dance rehearsals, offers a gentle rejoinder to the sweep of that claim.
April 12, 2016
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