This semester our films explored the idea of sanctuary and refuge. We looked at specific places in the city where individuals gather—away from the immediate economic and social pressures of inner-city living—and together reimagine and reweave the fabric of their community. Our stories live at that intersection of people and place and in those moments when cities come to life.
In Trenton, a city of sometimes meagre resources, these places often demand the creative reworking, reimagining and repurposing of an imperfect reality. Our sanctuaries exist in positive (if complicated) contrast to the more negative truths and stereotypes of the city. These space are works-in-progress. Some are the formal creations of municipal or non-profit institutions; others are the products of entrepreneurs and businesspeople; others represent the artistic and cultural life of the city. These sanctuaries are ongoing, evolving experiments in making Trenton a safer and more liveable city.