Crip Camp on Netflix: relive the disability revolution in the 70s
Looking for a new Netflix show to watch? Check out "Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution", a new documentary about Camp Jened: a summer camp for youngsters with disabilities back in the early 1970s.
The film was co-directed by Jim LeBrecht, a disability activist who was born with spina bifida and attended the camp at the age of 15. The documentary features rare footage of the camp, where youngsters with a wide range of disabilities experienced, for the first time, the liberation and full inclusion as human beings. The camp is described as a rare utopia for the disabled where everyone was free to express themselves and discuss issues like overprotective parents and their shared craving for social acceptance. It also played an important role in launching the disability rights movement of the late 70s and 80s.
Here’s the trailer of this award-winning documentary, which, by the way, is executive produced by the Obamas:
Also check out this CNN interview with the directors for more behind the scenes and why the controversial name “Crip Camp”.