For one night only, the documentary that reveals the way South Williamsburg was before artists (and glass towers) started to arrive in the 90s—Diego Echeverria’s Los Sures—will be returning to its home borough of Brooklyn, screening at Dobbin St. this Friday (December 9) at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7).

The film, which originally released in 1984, highlights Williamsburg’s drug- and violence-addled South side during the late 70s and early 80s (Los Sures means “The Southside”); present-day audiences are provided with an specially fascinating contrast with the trendy storefronts and glossy architecture that exist in the same locations today.

The film—which has been warmly received by those who have had a chance to see it— resurfaced in 2007, and has since become an important project for Williamsburg nonprofit group UnionDocs, which restored the film in 2010 and began an expansive documentary project alongside it, also about the Southside of Williamsburg.

Over the years, Los Sures has been largely inaccessible, but there have been a handful of screenings, and a run earlier this year at the Lower East Side’s Metrograph theater.

A discussion will follow the film’s 56-minute run time at Dobbin St., as local writer Andy P. Smith will converse with UnionDocs Founder and Artistic Director Christopher Allen.

Tickets are available here. Check out a trailer for Los Sures below: 


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