Living Los Sures: Place, Culture, and Gentrification
You'll learn about:
How to better understand communities faced with gentrification and engage in meaningful conversations about the social impact of planning efforts
The unique history of Williamsburg, a Brooklyn neighborhood named Los Sures by its Spanish-speaking population
According to a recent study by the New York University Furman Center, the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn has gentrified more than any other New York neighborhood in the last decade. This guided walking tour of this unique area will help you better understand communities faced with gentrification and engage in meaningful conversations about the social impacts of planning efforts.
Learn about the unique history of the south side of Williamsburg (named "Los Sures" by its Spanish-speaking population) through the stories of the people who have lived in the neighborhood for decades. Take part in a discussion of Los Sures as a distinct place with its own cultural heritage. And take in a screening of a documentary by local fil maker Diego Echeverria, followed by a q&a. Examine the challenges residents of the Southside faced: poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored for the 30th anniversary premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is an invaluable piece of New York City history. Learn more about the documentary here: http://lossur.es/about-living-los-sures/.
Confirmed SpeakerChristopher Allen is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn. He produces and directs documentary media projects and programs multi-disciplinary events. The collaborative productions he has initiated, including Living Los Sures, Documenting Mythologies, Capitol of Punk and Yellow Arrow, have united creative efforts of hundreds of artists, documentarians and communities. He collaborates on live performances with artist A.S.M. Kobayashi.