Crip Camp - A Disability Experience

Winner of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival's Audience Award for US Documentary
A collage of four polaroid photos: from left to right/top to bottom, picture one is of a group of people holding signs, one says, “Power to the People”. Picture 2 is of three people, two in wheelchairs, hanging out and laughing. Picture 3 is of an individual sitting in a manual wheelchair with a bag on the back and mail/packages next to him in the chair. There is a black old car in the background. Picture four is a black individual in a swimming pool, hanging onto the edge of a pool.

No one at Camp Jened could’ve imagined that those summers in the woods together would be the beginnings of a revolution.


In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” (a term no longer used) in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and make-out sessions awaiting everyone, and campers experienced liberation and full inclusion as  human beings. Their bonds endured as many migrated West to Berkeley, California — a hotbed of activism where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption, civil disobedience, and political participation could change the future for millions.

Crip Camp is the story of one group of people and captures one moment in time. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of other equally important stories from the Disability Rights Movement that have not yet received adequate attention. We are committed to using the film’s platform to amplify additional narratives in the disability rights and disability justice communities – with a particular emphasis on stories surrounding people of color and other intersectionally marginalized communities. We stand by the creed of nothing about us, without us. For too long, too many were excluded, and it is time to broaden the number of voices and share the mic.

Join your fellow grassroots activists and advocates this summer for a virtual camp experience featuring trailblazing speakers from the disability community. All are welcome, you do not need any activism experience to participate.

The Crip Camp Educational Curriculum 

Crip Camp shared with insight, clarity, humor, and beauty the experiences of one group of disabled young people and their journey to activism and adulthood, and in doing so, provides an opportunity for all to delve into the rich and complicated history of disability activism, culture, and history. The goal of this curriculum is to extend the knowledge and understanding of disability and of disabled people offered in the film Crip Camp. 

Official Trailer

Official Trailer with Audio Description



  • Nicole Newnham
  • Jim LeBrecht

Executive Producers

  • President Barack Obama
  • Michelle Obama
  • Tonia Davis
  • Priya Swaminathan
  • Howard Gertler

Produced By

  • Sara Bolder
  • Jim LeBrecht
  • Nicole Newnham

Edited By

  • Eileen Meyer
  • Andrew Gersh


  • Mary Lampson

Director of Photography

  • Justin Schein

Associate Producer

  • Lauren Schwartzman

Music By

  • Bear McCreary

Music Supervisor

  • Amine Ramer

Additional Editor

  • Shane Hofeldt

Story Consultant

  • Denise Sherer Jacobson

Impact Producer

  • Andraéa LaVant