Documentary Movie Review: Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) #BloggingAtoZChallenge

Welcome to Panorama of the Mountains! My name is Liam and I enjoy watching documentary movies.  This month I will be reviewing 26 documentaries from A-to-Z!

Documentaries starting with the letter A that I have previously reviewed include:

Title: Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
Release Date: March 25, 2020
Director: Nicole Newnham & James Lebrecht
Production Company: Higher Ground Productions | Rusted Spoke | Little Punk | Just Films |
Ford Foundation

This movie documents the civil rights movement for people with disabilities through the lens of Camp Jened, a sleepaway camp for disabled children in upstate New York.  In the late 60s and early 70s, the camp was “run by hippies” and for many of the children who attended it was the first time they were in a place where they felt that they could be themselves.  Later in life, many of the camp alumni ended up in Berley, California and involved in the independent living movement.  The film documents key events in the disability rights movement of the 70s and 80s, particularly a 25 day occupation of a federal building in San Francisco to advocate for the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare to sign critical regulations of disability legislation.  Apart from the political story, the interviews provide a glimpse into the lives a fascinating group of people with a great amount of candor and humor.

Rating: ****1/2