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(US, 1984)
in English and Spanish with English Subtitles


LOS SURES accompanied by
two short films and a guest speaker
Tuesday, April 26th, 10am
(Program run time approximately 108 minutes.)

Themes: Gentrification, Social Struggles, Latino Culture, and Family Relations.

Comprised of predominantly working-class Puerto Rican and Dominican residents, Los Sures in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was in the early 1980s one of the poorest, most underserved neighborhoods in New York City, overcome by gangs, drugs, crime, and the many other travails of a modern American neighborhood. In 1984, Director Diego Echeverria, a graduate of the Columbia film school and a Chilean native who grew up in Puerto Rico, took to the streets and made this cinema verité documentary portrait of Los Sures and its remarkable inhabitants.

Now, over thirty years later, the neighborhood has changed almost beyond recognition. Recently, the Brooklyn-based organization UnionDocs, a center for documentary arts, commissioned several new short response films that look at the neighborhood as it stands today. This larger project is called LIVING LOS SURES. Two of the short response films will accompany the feature-length documentary for the Global Classroom screening on April 26th. The newly-restored LOS SURES and the response films offer a very timely look at historical neighborhood dynamics as we in Portland go through much of the same turmoil. Following the films will be a discussion with the founder and executive artistic director of UnionDocs, Christopher Allen, who will help give the films context and discuss what it means to document a changing neighborhood.

The program will include:
LOS SURES (US, 1984) – 57 min.
OF MEMORY & LOS SURES (US, 2011) – 14.5 min.
THE LAST BREAD (US, 2013) – 7 min.
Discussion with Christopher Allen of UnionDocs – approx. 30 min.
Program Total Run Time – approx. 108 min.

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