Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
Join us in-person or virtually for the ReelAbilities Film Festival screening of Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, a kick-off to ReelAbilities Film Festival. This
Join us in-person or virtually for the ReelAbilities Film Festival screening of Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, a kick-off to ReelAbilities Film Festival. This feel-good documentary recounts the ties of a Catskills summer camp to American disability rights activism in the 1970s.
A groundbreaking summer camp for teens with disabilities proves so inspiring that a group of its alumni join the radical disability rights movement to advocate for historic legislation changes. Crip Camp is the story of one group of people and captures one moment in time.
In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination, and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” (a term no longer used) in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking, and make-out sessions awaiting everyone, and campers experienced liberation and full inclusion as human beings. Their bonds endured as many migrated West to Berkeley, California — a hotbed of activism where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption, civil disobedience, and political participation could change the future for millions.
Director James Lebrecht will present a virtual talkback immediately proceeding the screening.
Please join us for a pre-program ReelAbilites Film Festival launch party and social with light fare and refreshments!
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