Crip Camp (2020)

Crip Camp (2020)

A tribute to disabled activists with immaculately restored archival footage

7.2

Movie

United States of America
English
Documentary
2020
FEMALE DIRECTOR, JAMES LEBRECHT
Ann Cupolo Freeman, James Lebrecht, Joseph O'Conor
107 min

What it's about

Down the road from Woodstock in the early 1970s, a revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers, transforming their young lives and igniting a landmark movement.

The take

This Obamas-produced documentary does much to change the way we may still view people with disabilities as helpless or to be pitied. First, Crip Camp cleans up footage from a 1970s New York summer camp for disabled teens to pristine sound and video quality, allowing us to see how vibrant and lively this community has always been. Then, more importantly, the film traces how these kids—in particular, Judy Heumann—became badass faces in the movement for disability rights, staging protests and articulating themselves passionately for better accessibility in the most fundamental areas of everyday life. It's a documentary that isn't just designed to inspire, but also to advocate for safe spaces where young people with disabilities can receive the encouragement and motivation they need as early as possible.

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