Disability Rights Film ‘Crip Camp’ Nominated For Oscar
A documentary about the emergence of the disability rights movement produced by former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama is up for an Academy Award.
“Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” was nominated Monday for best documentary feature.
The film follows a group of teenagers with disabilities who came together in the early 1970s at a summer camp near Woodstock, N.Y. who ultimately helped bring about civil rights protections for themselves and others like them.
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Many of the alumni of Camp Jened played key roles in protests that led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“Crip Camp,” which premiered on Netflix last March, includes footage taken at the camp. The documentary is produced by the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground, and both Barack and Michelle Obama are credited as executive producers.
“When we saw ‘Crip Camp,’ we thought that is right in our wheelhouse. That is exactly the sorts of stories we wanted to see,” the former president said during a recent roundtable about the film. “It was inspiring. It was motivating. It spoke to how communities get formed. It taught all of us the effort it requires and the courage it requires to be heard and how important it is for those of us who in the past have been marginalized to sometimes get into what my dear friend John Lewis called ‘good trouble’ in order to create a better America and a better world.”
“Crip Camp” won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival last year.
The Academy Awards will be presented April 25 on ABC.