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South Williamsburg To Be Spotlighted at MoMA PS1 This Week

By Gwynne Hogan | January 18, 2016 11:36am
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Short film "Before/After" by Michael Kugler and Daniel Terna screens at MoMA PS1 on Jan. 18.
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Before/After by Michael Kugler and Daniel Terna

LONG ISLAND CITY — South Williamsburg's deep-rooted Puerto Rican and Hasidic heritage, the iconic Domino Sugar factory and the area's historic tenement architecture will take center stage at MoMA PS1 this week as part of the museum's Greater New York exhibit.

Four short films about South Williamsburg will be featured this week, all projects of UnionDocs, a local nonprofit that works on non-fiction films about the neighborhood each year.

On Monday, "Before/After" by Michael Kugler and Daniel Terna will kick off the week's offerings. The short documentary captures snapshots from daily life around the neighborhood mixed with archival footage from decades past.

The film will play on loop throughout the day.

BEFORE AFTER from Michael Kugler on Vimeo.

"Third Shift" by Anthony Simon and Mike Vass will play on Jan 21. The documentary inspects the legacy of the Domino Sugar Factory and the lives of area residents who once worked there.

"Of Memory & Los Sures"  by Andrew Parsons and Laurie Sumiye weaves together oral histories about the neighborhood illustrated with animation and video. It screens on Jan. 22.

Finally, on Jan. 23, "Toñitas" will screen by Beyza Boyacioglu and Sebastián Díaz Aguirre. The film focuses on the neighborhood social club, bar and dance hall called Toñita's, a staple of South Williamsburg cultural life for Puerto Rican residents.

For more information about the week's screenings, visit the event's Facebook page