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Crip Camp Directors on the Need to Rethink Societal Values and Sexual Stigmas in the Disabled Community

Crip Camp Directors on the Need to Rethink Societal Values and Sexual Stigmas in the Disabled Community

Crip Camp emerged from archival material shot by the People’s Video Theater, a group similar to Dziga Vertov Group, who documented movements for social feedback. The Pvt documented the first Women’s Liberation March in New York, the first Gay Pride March, and in the 1970s, Camp Jened, a summer getaway operated by hippies in Catskills, NY for disabled teens.

Co-directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, Crip Camp follows, along with many other stories of his friends, Jim’s sexual and political awakening as a teen. It’s a well-documented story that culminates twenty years later with the passage Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

We spoke with Newnham and LeBrecht about the stigma of disabled people’s sexuality, how the nationwide straw ban discriminates against the disabled, and why the disabled community are often cut out of conversations about diversity in America.

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