Commie Camp

Director: Katie Halper
Writer: Katie Halper
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 69 min
Language: English
Date: Tuesday, November 5, 7 pm
Location: National Constitution Center
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Special Guest: Moderator: Billy Yalowitz
Panelists: Camp Kinderland Alums: Director Katie Halper, Attorney Josh Kershenbaum, Leibel Shulman, and Gloria Smith
Community Partner: The Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University


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Welcome to the age of McCarthyism. But wait, didn’t the ‘Red Scare’ occur over half a century ago? Not according to Rush Limbaugh. Just last year, Limbaugh blasted Obama’s nominee for the Bureau of Labor Statistics for sending her kids to a ‘politically left-wing Jewish summer camp with Communist roots.’ The unofficial head of the Republican Party publicized a report claiming that Camp Kinderland ‘indoctrinates’ its campers with extremist and dangerous ideology. COMMIE CAMP, the personal and humorous documentary by comedian, filmmaker, and Camp Kinderland alum Katie Halper, follows four unusually thoughtful and articulate nine-year-olds from the first day of camp to the last. With bunk names like Shalom Aleichem, Harriet Tubman, and Roberto Clemente; the World Peace Olympics (Camp Kinderland’s alternative to Color War); and special commemorative events honoring victims of the Holocaust and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it’s no surprise so many Camp Kinderland alumni have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place.

This film was generously underwritten by Center City Film and Video and the Farber Family Foundation

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