Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020)
March 25, 2020 6:26 PM - Subscribe

I was sure I'd first heard of the 1990 Capitol Crawl from a metafilter FPP, but nothing turned up in searching for it, so, maybe it was just in the comments of a related thread? (I guess I should have heard of it when it happened, but, I was a pretty oblivious 18-year-old at the time.)

Anyway, I thought this documentary was great. What a time capsule the Camp Jened footage was.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:30 PM on March 25 [1 favorite]

I had absolutely no idea about any of the disability rights movement, and this really blew me away. So glad I watched it. I hope this finds its way into a lot of peoples' lives.
posted by curious nu at 4:59 PM on March 30

Such a fantastic documentary, I really hope it gets seen by lots of people. I was sobbing from the sit in through the rest of the film.
posted by ellieBOA at 6:00 AM on April 25

One of the things I found really standout about this documentary was that it didn't feel like it was made by/for the abled. Like, I remember a Harvey Fierstein interview once about Torch Song Trilogy where the interviewer tried to praise the movie as a universal love story and Fierstein was all, 'thanks but no thanks', that it was a gay love story, and if straight people were moved by the story, great, but that it was a backhanded compliment to call it a 'universal love story' or that it transcended gender or whatever other praise that erased the gayness. (I'm probably totally mangling what he said, but, that was the gist of it as far as I remember.)

Anyway, I had that same feeling watching Crip Camp. Like, sure, this is a story that everyone can get something from, abled or disabled, but that James Lebrecht being both co-director, co-writer, and Camp Jened attendee kept the focus of the movie on the alumni-activists and seeing events through their eyes rather than othering or exploiting them.
posted by oh yeah! at 12:14 PM on April 25

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