Directed by Austin-based filmmaker Amy Grappell, the short documentary Kinderland examines the politics, rivalry, and recent collaborations between two secular Jewish summer camps in Upstate New York that began operating in the 1920s. Camp Kinderland was founded in 1923 on Communist principles and the Workers Circle's Camp Kinder Ring—formerly The Workmen’s Circle—was founded in 1927 on socialist ideology. The former continues to promote economic, racial, and social justice among its campers; the latter, while offers a more traditional camp experience informed by Jewish culture and traditions. The documentary explores the rich and intertwined histories of Camp Kinderland and Camp Kinder Ring through interviews with current and former campers and counselors, some of whom attended or worked at the camps in the 1940s and 1950s. Kinderland will screen at 11 a.m. May 28 as part of the Austin Film Society’s Docs Days 2023 Texas Shorts package. Amy Grappell previously directed the documentary Light from the East and the short documentaries Quadrangle and Kids Green the World. She also contributed the segment "Co-Op House" to Slacker 2011.
Aired: May 23, 2023.