Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

October 5, 202182/1002921 min
Caption:, Snapshot of a group of disabled young women, some in wheelchairs, smiling for the camera while picnicking on the grass at Camp Jened, Visual Description:, Vintage 1960s snapshot of a group of disabled young women, some sitting in manual wheelchairs and some in the grass, smiling for the camera while picnicking at Camp Jened., Alt Text:, Vintage snapshot of a group of disabled young women picknicking at Camp Jened.
Year
2020
Director
James Lebrecht,Nicole Newnham
Age
18+
Country
United States
Runtime
106
Language
English,Thai,Swedish
Overall Score
Rating Overview
IMBd
77%
Rotten Tomatoes
87%
vod-news
82%
Rating Summary
Importantly, directors Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht (a former camper) don’t use melodrama or manipulative filmmaking techniques to hammer home the clear lesson here, which is that Heumann’s passion and confidence likely doesn’t exist without Camp Jened. And they allow you to take that idea a step further and ask yourself how just listening to young people, abled or disabled, can give them the tools to express themselves in the future. The leaders of tomorrow need to be empowered today. With deep filmmaking empathy that strikes a remarkable balance between delivering a universal message and telling very individual stories, “Crip Camp” offers something we could all use more of—hope for the future

Crip Camp captures a heroic and important part of the history of struggle. The documentary tells the story of how the interactions in the summer of 1972 at Camp Jened, a camp for disabled teens in the Catskills, New York, helped build the militant grass roots disability rights movement.

Claire

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