Tuesday, June 8, 2021
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
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This event will be ADA compliant and will provide sign language (ASL) interpretation and live transcription.
Join us for a discussion with Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, directors of Crip Camp.
Moderated by Edward Steinfeld, director of the Watson Institute
ABOUT THE FILM
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 progressive activism where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption, civil disobedience, and political participation could change the future for millions.
Co-directed by Emmy®-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, this joyous and exuberant documentary arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at a time when the country’s largest minority group still battles daily for equality and the freedom to exist. Crip Camp is executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama; Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan; Oscar® nominee Howard Gertler (How to Survive a Plague) and Raymond Lifchez, Jonathan Logan and Patty Quillin; LeBrecht, Newnham and Sara Bolder produce.
The film is available via Netflix. If you do not already have an account, you can sign up for a free, 30 day trial.
View the official trailer here.
The John F. Kennedy Jr. Initiative for Documentary Film and Social Progress
Co-sponsored by Brown's Student Accessibility Services and the Brown Arts Initiative