ALBANY, NY (11/09/2017) (readMedia)-- In the late 1970s and early 1980s Los Sures was one of the poorest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. The documentary titled LOS SURES, shot on 16-millimeter film, captures the era's rhythms and residents and serves as a time capsule of a gritty, pre-gentrification New York City.
LOS SURES, directed by Diego Echeverria (United States, 1984, 57 minutes, color) will be shown 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 17, in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue on the University at Albany's downtown campus. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute as part of its Classic Film Series, the screening is free and open to the public.
This documentary presents the challenges of the area - poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources - while also celebrating the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community. Manohla Dargis in The New York Times called LOS SURES "a must see for those interested in both the history of 'Lost New York' and the power of nonfiction cinema." L.A. Weekly praised the documentary for having "an authenticity that has been captured by no fiction film I've ever seen."
LOS SURES is being screened in conjunction with the annual "Researching New York" conference, which runs November 16-18. For more information, visit www.nystatehistory.org or call 518-442-5431.
For additional information on the documentary screening, visit the Institute's website at www.nyswritersinstitute.org or call 518-442-5620.