Review: Crip Camp

Title: Crip Camp
MPAA Rating: R
Director: James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham
Starring: Larry Allison, Dennis Billups, HolLynn D’Lil
Runtime: 1 hr 46 mins

What It Is: People with disabilities have often been made to feel as if they are lesser than. This documentary focuses on a summer camp just down the road from where Woodstock was held. This summer camp specialized in teens with disabilities whether they be physical or mental. What started as a halcyon summer was also the start of a movement. One that would lead to a revolution for those dealing with a disability and changing the way they’re looked out for the better forever.

What We Think: What a thoroughly enthralling documentary. This is one we were sad we missed at Sundance Film Festival this year. Netflix picked a real winner in this one. From the beginning of the film chronicling the best summer some of those teenagers ever got to the point of it all which has to do with how some of those young people changed their world for the better. All of it, every bit does such a wonderful job in giving us insight into the struggle these people faced and the ways in which they changed their situation.

Our Grade: A-, Though we missed it at the Sundance Film Festival we can’t recommend this more highly. Honestly, this is how you make a documentary both interesting and informative. It’s a subject I don’t think many people are aware of or familiar with. There’s just not a lot of things here that are bad. A well-told story that is wonderfully edited. As I’ve always said it is editing that makes the biggest difference in a documentary. If something is poorly edited you’ll struggle to keep up and lose the central message. That doesn’t happen here. Check this one out. Great job by Netflix who continues to reign with documentaries.

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