Social issues - Development 2016

In the 70’s and 80’s as Salsa and Hip-hop rose up out of the smoldering ashes of a burning South Bronx, the poorest congressional district in the US, six of the most uncanny Puerto Rican kids picked up cameras as their weapon of choice and chronicled that reality from within…

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Art - Culture, Documentary
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    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Synopsis
    • "Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” - Chinua Achebe

      The only way to ensure your truth is told is to tell it yourself. The “Seis Del Sur”, six Puerto Rican photographers from the South Bronx Joe Conzo, Ricky Flores, Angel Franco, David Gonzalez, Edwin Pagan and Francisco Reyes who took up photography as young men did just that. They took their story and the story of the people around them into their own hands and documented it.

      There are histories that go untold and are lost forever. There are histories that are lost and unheard that need to be sought out and retold. And there are histories that are told but are distorted to the benefit of outsiders. The story of the South Bronx in the 70’s and 80’s is one that is told to often told by outsiders looking in who sensationalize and distort the reality. It’s a story that is rarely heard from those who were there, from those who lived it.

      The South Bronx is a neighborhood that’s long been characterized as being a place that hasn’t contributed anything to the world. It’s got a reputation of being a taker because it’s poor. It’s always mentioned as one of the poorest congressional districts in the US. The perception being that if you don’t have money then you have nothing to offer, when nothing could be further from the truth.

      The South Bronx was and is a place of immense wealth that gave and continues to give more to the world than it gets credit for giving. From Salsa to Hip-Hop the Bronx has been giving to the world with very little in return. The photographs of the Six Shooters from the South Bronx , the “Seis Del Sur” Joe Conzo, Ricky Flores, Angel Franco, David Gonzalez, Edwin Pagan Francisco Reyes documented that wealth and in doing so added to it’s riches.
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