The Beth Ami Colorado Congregation for Humanist Judaism has launched a film club that focuses on provocative films that have a connection to Jewish and/or humanist values. When the pandemic is behind us, we may be able to watch the movies together, but for now we’ll watch the movies alone and then we’ll get together to chat. The films will be available online, for free or for a nominal rental fee.
Our second “Great Movie Club” pick is “Crip Camp: a revolution for people with disabilities.” We will discuss the film after a brief Shabbat service.
Camp Jened was a camp for disabled teenagers in the Catskills, which operated from 1951 to 1977. Directed by Nicole Newnham and former camper James Lebrecht, the documentary combines footage from contemporary 1970s films with more recent interviews, following campers of their experience at Camp Jened through their significant involvement in the disability rights movement of the 1970s and beyond.
The discussion will be moderated by Stu Dolnick, who selected this film because he saw its impact on audiences. It will introduce you to people with significant disabilities and remind you that despite apparent differences, we are all part of the human race and share the same needs and challenges. The link with humanism is clear.
“screaming campwas 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 People’s Choice Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in 2021.
Interested? So do this:
- Watch the film for FREE on Youtube before May 13.
- Register via To meet to receive the link you will need to join us.
- Join us on Friday, May 13 (6:00-7:30 p.m.) for a brief Shabbat service, followed by a discussion.
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