I’m not going to do a formal review of SUMMER QAMP. Don’t get me wrong it’s a magnificent film, it will move you in the best possible ways. You will absolutely love the film. But honestly the last thing you need is guy like me telling you about this film. What you need is to do is simply show this film to a bunch of LGBT+ kids and let them see that they aren’t alone, that they aren’t the only one and that there are more people than they can imagine who are exactly like them- let their reaction be the review.
The film follows several LGBT kids as they go off to a summer camp, CAMP fYrefly in Alberta Canada, where everyone is queer. It’s a safe place where the kids can be whomever they really are. It’s a camp designed to give the campers a sense of community and connections outside of their normal lives. It’s a place where they can learn that there are people who feel as they do.
To say that this film is important is one of the great understatements of the year. This is film that needs to go out and get into the hands of kids who will find hope in it. Early in the film one of the kids said that they only found out there were queer people when they read a book and there was a queer couple in it. The statement broke my heart. That they found the camp and could find a community made my heart sing.
This is a glorious film.
I am so glad it exists since I know that it will give hope and save lives, especially in an age where there is so much misplaced hatred directed at the queer community.
Say what you will SUMMER QAMP is going to be a beacon of hope for generations, and we are better for having it exist.