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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Perhaps one of the more perplexing, yet also intriguing aspects of Diego Echevarria's film, Los Sures, is the illusion that he creates of isolation and disconnection from the larger world that shapes and engulfs his subject -- a Puerto Rican community in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. The way Echevarria presents the Los Sures community gives one the sense that it sits alone and apart in a land of unknown origin. Yet it is located only a stone's throw away from one of the most affluent urban centers in the world. Not even the Hasidic Jews, who share the larger community with Puerto Ricans, African Americans and others are allowed to intrude into this filmic portrayal of a Puerto Rican community cut off in the midst of urban America.
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