Beth Ami Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism has launched a movie club that focuses on provocative films that have a connection to Jewish and/or humanistic values. When the pandemic is behind us, we may be able to watch the films together, but for the time being, we’ll watch the films on our own and then gather together for discussion. The films will be available online, either free or for a nominal rental fee.
Our second “Great Movie Club” selection is “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.” We will discuss the film after a brief Shabbat service.
Camp Jened was a camp for disabled teens in the Catskills, which operated from 1951 to 1977. Directed by Nicole Newnham and former camper James Lebrecht, the documentary combines contemporaneous film footage from the 1970s with more recent interviews, following campers from their experience at Camp Jened through their significant participation in the disability rights movement of the 1970s and beyond.
The discussion will be moderated by Stu Dolnick, who selected this film because he has seen its impact on audiences. It will introduce you to people who are dealing with significant disabilities and remind you that despite the apparent differences, we are all part of the human race and share the same needs and challenges. The connection to humanism is clear.
“Crip Camp” was released in March 2020 by Higher Ground, the production company co-led by Barack and Michelle Obama that provides content to Netflix. It won the Audience Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2021.
Interested? Then do this:
- View the film FREE on YouTube before May 13.
- Register via Meetup to receive the link that you’ll need to join us.
- Join us on Friday, May 13 (6:00-7:30 PM) for a brief Shabbat service, followed by the discussion.
Beth Ami is a proud affiliate of the Society for Humanistic Judaism
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