Before Williamsburg became synonymous with artisanal shoppes and trustafarian-inhabited luxury condos, the neighborhood was one of the poorest in New York City. But while most associate the Williamsburg of the 1970s and 1980s with high crime rates and urban blight, many have forgotten the vibrant Dominican-Puerto Rican community that once called the area home.
Now, a newly refurbished documentary is trying to change that. Made by filmmaker Diego Echeverria in 1984, Los Sures documents the day-to-day lives of five strangers in South Williamsburg's tight-knit hispanic enclave. A rare copy of the 32-year-old film was uncovered by the Brooklyn-based UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, and is getting its first theatrical run at Manhattan's Metrograph theater between April 15th and April 21st.
See the trailer below: