Mon, Nov 11, 2013 10:59 AM EST

Tonight, movie-goers in New York City can check out the premier of the much-anticipated film "Por Amor En El Caserio" at John Jay College. Directed by Luis Enrique Rodriguez and produced by Antonio Morales, the film is a retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" set in San Juan's Luis Llorens Torres housing projects.  An adaptation of Rodriguez's popular play by the the same name, the film explores themes of love, drugs and violence, focusing on the blossoming romance between characters Cristal and Angelo. Originally released in Puerto Rico in September, the film sold out three weeks in a row, and has received popular acclaim for its representations of real-life situations among low-income public housing communities on the island.