With its long and continuing history as a haven for immigrants, artists, musicians, poets, and political activists, the Lower East Side has been a cultural incubator since its earliest days. Ideas, movements, trends and customs that derive from either old or new world cultures, or both, emerged and radiated from here.
During the summer of 2012, Colectivo Piloto joined Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) to produce a documentary about the activist history of the Lower East Side.
In “The Building of a Community” activists, artists, historians and political representatives describe the neighborhood, the squats, the community gardens and explain the struggle to save them.
To service the mission of MoRUS, this documentary aims to broadcast the historical memory of the activist movements of the Lower East Side.