“There was a romance in the air if you wanted to experience it. I never dated outside of camp. But at Jened, you could have make-out sessions behind the bunks and different places like that.” – Judith Heumann
Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Apr 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about a camp for disabled teens in the 1960’s and 970’s that helped create a movement for change in the American system.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before seeing that it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary feature.
The story is told in a really fascinting way that helps make thngs so much more poignant and powerful.
The fact that they were able to find so much raw footage of the campers at this camp from over 50 years ago is amazing.
The film is able to focus on how this summer camp was so intriumental to these disabled teens in helping them understand that they need to be treated by society in a very different way.
The bonds that these teens formed all those years ago were the first stepping stone in making changes in the perspective of society on them while also attempting to change the laws in order to help accommodate them in the workforce but also in providing them with access to public places.
This was such an eye opening film for me and despite it not always being easy to watch, they truly show how change was affected by these teens who became infected by the activism of their time in order to work together as a force in creating new laws meant to help them become a part of society.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In 1951, Camp Jened was established at the foot of Hunter Mountain in the Catskill Mountains as a camp for disabled children, teenagers, and adults. The camp was meant to provide a nurturing community environment for people with a range of disabilities, such as polio and cerebral palsy. Camp sessions were typically four weeks or eight weeks. In the 1950s, the camp followed a relatively traditional summer camp structure. Alan Winters served as an early director of the camp. The camp was partially funded and supported by the Jened Foundation, a parent-led foundation that organized fundraisers. Counselors were typically college students who had been recruited for summer jobs. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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