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Student Documentaries Tell Stories of Trenton, its People and their Jobs

January 12th, 2015
Purcell Carson (right), the instructor of the class "Documentary Film and the City," helps Princeton University student Sharon Deng set up a camera during an interview at the YMCA of Trenton. Students are creating short doumentaries to tell stories of Trenton, New Jersey, its people and the ways they make a living. Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Kenya's story starts on a bus as she rides to her job at a recently opened Amazon distribution warehouse.

Juan's story starts at a small store on State Street, a permanent home for a business he started by selling dresses and women's shoes from the back of his car.

They are stories of Trenton, New Jersey, its people and the ways they make a living. Princeton undergraduates are telling these stories and others like them this semester through short documentaries as part of the course "Documentary Film and the City."

"If you want to live in the city, you have to have jobs in the city," said Purcell Carson, a filmmaker and a documentary production specialist at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs who leads the class. "We're focusing this semester on employment, people who have jobs, people who need jobs, people who want to start their own businesses or have their own businesses."

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