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The Documentary 'Crip Camp' Opens Sundance

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A still from "Crip Camp" by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Sundance Institute | photo by Steve Honigsbaum.

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Not Your Ordinary Camp For Kids

(Starts at 8:30)

The opening night showcase at the Sundance Film Festival was "Crip Camp," a documentary about Camp Jened, a camp for disabled teens in upstate New York that was established in the early 1970s. Directors Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht (a former Jened camper himself) made a rousing film about a group of campers turned activists who shaped the future of the disability-rights movement and changed accessibility legislation for everyone. The film was made for Netflix by Michelle and Barack Obama's production company. John Horn spoke with the directors just hours before the premiere.

Grammys, Heal Thyself

(Starts at 1:30)

Last year the Recording Academy created a Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion as part of the fallout from former CEO Neil Portnow's comment that female artists needed to "step up" in order to be nominated for the Grammys' most prestigious awards. Now in the wake of replacement CEO Deborah Dugan's ouster from the Recording Academy, the diversity task force members have issued a blistering statement calling on the organization’s board of trustees themselves to step up. We get the latest on the turmoil surrounding the Grammys from Randy Lewis of the L.A. Times.

'For Sama' Is A Painful Love Letter

(Starts at 19:30)

For five years, Waad al-Kateab documented her life in Syria on tape, from the first protests while she was studying economics at university in 2012, until the fall of Aleppo in 2016. During that time she fell in love and married her husband, Hamza al-Kateab, made friends and lost friends to war, and gave birth to a daughter — Sama. From over 500 hours of footage, Waad al-Kateab and her fellow director, Edward Watts, made the documentary, “For Sama” — a love letter to her daughter and the children of Syria. Waad and Hamza al-Kateab and Edward Watts visited The Frame to talk about the making of the film, which has an Academy Award nomination in the feature documentary category.