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Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Directed by Jonas Mekas
United States, 2003
Avant-Garde, Short, Documentary


Jonas Mekas’ short about the old community he once lived in. Shot in 1950 upon arriving in America Mekas did not edit and present the footage until 2003 making this both his first and last film shot on 16mm.

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Williamsburg, Brooklyn Directed by Jonas Mekas

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  • El Biffo's rating of the film Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    A fascinating look at one of Brooklyn's most vibrant neighborhoods, one that has gone through more than one radical change over the last 60 years. We see it in 1950, the first footage Mekas shot when he came to America, and again in the 1970's. I lived in Williamsburg before it was gentrified, when the streetlife included wonderfully colorful prostitutes & heroin dealers. I loved the neighborhood then and I still do.