A great window into a time and place that no linger exists, even if you currently stand where it was once filmed. The moments into these people's lives is what made me be there with them. Choosing to be right tin the kitchen and down to the sidewalk with them made them all the more real.
The director zooms in on authentic everyday moments that could be so easily passed by, yet this is what we're missing. There are "too many cars" in the world, like one of the characters said, and that speed often doesn't let you see the value of what's around. The people along with him speak honestly, without masks, and their words are absolutely spot on. Great work.
"At that time, a film about a poor community of Puerto Ricans that was marginalized in New York was not a subject that would reach many areas of the country. That’s why it’s so rewarding to see this new generation looking at the film, having this film speak back to them. It’s such a wonderful surprise." - Diego Echeverria in a 2016 interview w/ Julia Felsenthal, Vogue
I like the fact that this documentary does not feel overly curated. As a viewer you explore mid- eighties Williamsburg through some of the residents' lives. It does not shy away from the drugs and violence but also reveals a sense of community which, at times, is extremely moving.
Very straight forward, very interesting. I'd love to see more films like this on Mubi. I was curious about the people in this documentary and found a strange follow up from a couple of years ago on pbs.org called "89 Steps" - it's an "interactive video" that catches you up with Marta, who still lives in South Williamsburg.
Overall, this is a really good film. Including several different people from the community, was a good decision on the film makers behalf. Rather than just showing the community for one person's perspective. The way this movie was filmed gave the viewers a better understanding of the Los Sures community, and made it more of a solid film. I would definitely recommend this film to others.
Excellent! A time capsule that provides a glimpse into a part of Latinx history. A great piece that beautifully captures the struggles of individuals and a community. Just as relevant today as it was in 1984. "I've learned how to hurt, it's easy to learn how to hurt. It's been harder to learn how to love" -Evelyn Borges (featured cast member).