This PBS documentary explores the city’s changing demographics from its pre-European history as the locale of the Lenape to its present-day diversity. In spanning the centuries, this program features the diversity of ethnic and racial groups that have populated the city. It begins thousands of years ago when native Lenape Indians populated the area and continues on through the early northern and western European immigrants, then the southern and eastern European immigrants, and on to the more recent Hispanic, Arab, and Muslim populations.
The film highlights some of Paterson’s famous residents and visitors, but focuses mainly on the ordinary people who lived and worked in the city and contributed to its social fabric. Through interviews, historic photos and on-location footage throughout the city, the story of Paterson’s evolution through demographic changes comes alive.
“I was riveted…loved every minute of it. I may watch it again…it was that good.” ~ Pat Kirwin Henderson
“I highly recommend….You will not be disappointed.” ~ Sammy LiSanti
“It is a wonderful film…the audience members truly enjoyed it.” ~ Janis B. Schwartz
“Informative and fascinating look at Paterson” ~ Nancy Pier Sindt
“So impressed…very informative and well presented…a real tribute to a great city” ~ Sharon Battaglino
“Brilliant! A crisp, focused and moving tribute to the old town” ~ Peter J. Art
See newspaper story about the film in the Paterson Times
Paterson and Its People DVD
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