- James Lebrecht,Nicole Newnham
- United States
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.