Screening of student films exploring Trenton history

Sept. 12, 2022

Tuesday · 27 September 2022 · 6:30 PM
Trenton Circus Squad · 635 South Clinton Avenue · Trenton
Free and Open to the Public!

This summer, six student filmmakers working with The Trenton Project produced a film about Janet Wide Awake, a play produced by Passage Theatre at Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School. The play looks at the desegregation of the Trenton junior high schools in the 1940s and was co-written and performed by the middle school students. The resulting documentary goes behind the scenes to show how students, historians, teachers, playwrights and performers came together to think about this moment in the history of the Trenton schools and, more broadly, about equal access to educational opportunity today.

This half-hour film will be accompanied by micro-documentaries created by students in this Spring’s history seminar, “The Sixties: Documentary, Youth and the City,” taught by Purcell Carson and Professor Alison Isenberg. These stories reflect collective research through documents and the memories of community elders today—particularly their responses to a tumultuous era, starting with Trenton Six Trial in 1948.

All are invited to attend the screening and join the student filmmakers and community participants for refreshments and discussion. We are eager to celebrate the student filmmakers and thank our generous participants. The screening is free and open to the public.