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Miss Lil's Camp

Suzanne Niedland , Anberin Pasha  |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Suzanne Niedland, Anberin Pasha
  • Writers: Suzanne Niedland, Anberin Pasha
  • Producers: Suzanne Niedland
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: BusEye Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 27 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IV612G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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'Miss Lil's Camp' is an award winning documentary about the director of an exclusive summer camp for girls from upper middle class Southern homes. Miss Lil, as Lillian Smith was known, taught Laurel Falls' campers that segregation was wrong. She expressed her thoughts and radical ideas at a time when Southern leadership was committed to a racially segregated society and Jim Crow laws permeated every aspect of social life. Some young campers were repulsed by her ideas while others embraced them. In short, Lillian Smith was no ordinary woman and Laurel Falls no ordinary camp.

Radical as the camp was, nothing prepared the parents of campers, or indeed the rest of the South, for Lillian Smith's first novel, Strange Fruit (1944). The story of a white Southern man's love for a black girl, the book was banned in Boston and distributed secretly in the South. Public reaction was swift and harsh. Some campers were forbidden to return to camp; others returned despite opposition from home.

In the film, we meet three former campers and a former camp employee who return to Laurel Falls Camp. Weaving narratives of former campers and rare archival footage of Lillian Smith, the film brings Miss Lil and Laurel Falls Camp back to life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Terriffic! November 6, 2008
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Terrific film! Takes a fascinating look into the life of controversial writer and pioneering social critic Lillian Smith. Reveals the complexity and passion of this courageous & historical woman through the use of archival photographs, vintage film, and contemporary interviews. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Story November 5, 2008
This film documents the story of Lillian Smith and her quest to imbue the young women of Southern society with a sense of justice and humanity in the time of Jim Crow. Though I was familiar with her book, Strange Fruit, I was unfamiliar with "Miss Lil" and the tremendous influence she had on our culture and many of the great political figures of the last century (Martin Luther King, Eleanor Roosevelt to name a couple). I highly recommend this film for anyone interested in American History, African-American history, Feminist thought or literature. At a time when we are changing as a nation, it is inspiring and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Lil's Camp November 4, 2008
Rarely do I come away from viewing a film with the uplifting sense that a wrong has been righted. Author/activist Lillian Smith, the Miss Lil of this documentary, was a woman ahead of her time - a woman who not only recognized injustice but had the courage to speak out against it. Miss Lil's Camp offers hope that voices will continue to be raised in defense of those most in need. Additionally, the film is visually beautiful. I recommend this documentary to everyone interested in our nation's history and the people who strove for "justice for all."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted more. September 3, 2013
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I wish I had been a part of it as I went to Miss Li's camp for three transformative summers and had much to add. It did bring back wonderful memories but all the participants came way before me.
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