About Crip Camp
This powerful documentary explores Camp Jened, started in the 1970s as a ramshackle camp “utopia” for teens with disabilities. Co-directed by James Lebrecht, a former Jened camper, the film focuses on one early group of campers and their experiences with a growing, diverse community and sanctuary away from stigma and isolation. Bolstered by an experience where disability was normal, former campers embraced a new group identity and helped found the disability rights movement, which ultimately led to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. [106 mins; documentary; English] A Q&A with special guests (to be announced) will follow the screening.
“A vital and joyful work that puts a lesser-known part of American civil rights history on the map.” – Sophie Monks Kaufman, Sight & Sound
“This film would be compelling enough for its tales from the front lines of a civil rights battle, but it's also a satisfying depiction of underdogs rising up.” – Phil Gule, Film-Forward.com
“This documentary sneaks up on you, grabbing your interest with music and history, but keeping it with the candid footage of souls, both young and old, asking for acceptance.” – Dan Buffa, KSDK News