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Crip Camp. 2019. USA. Directed by Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht. In English with captions. 108 min.
Winner of the Audience Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, this coproduction of Netflix and the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions is a stirring and sometimes raunchy portrait of Camp Jened, a camp for teens with disabilities that thrived near Woodstock during the late 1960s and early 1970s—an inspiring time, captured in remarkably intimate video footage, for the campers who would go on to revolutionize the disability rights movement and fight for the eventual passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. The film, which was our Doc Fortnight 2020 opening-night screening, is introduced by the film’s codirectors and producers, Emmy Award–winning documentarian Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, an award-winning sound editor and mixer for film and theater who attended Camp Jened. Courtesy Netflix and Higher Ground Productions
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