TIFF 2023: ‘Summer Qamp’

By: Jolie Featherstone

Jen Markowitz’s documentary Summer Qamp follows several teens as they attend Camp fYrefly – a camp in rural Alberta where queer, non-binary, and trans teens get to be themselves, surrounded by peers and counsellors who can relate to their experience.  From the moment the campers arrive, the camp implements a framework of care.  Whether it’s coming out as trans or climbing a rock wall, the campers are supported.

A love letter to Camp fYrefly, this polished documentary is visually gorgeous thanks in large part to cinematographer Lulu Wei (they recently directed There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace, another homegrown documentary gem).

Summer Qamp feels like a soft ray of sunlight.  However, its warmth is not surface-level.  It is a proclamation that when we put inclusion and radical empathy into practice, we can help people thrive.


Summer Qamp screens at TIFF on:

Thursday, September 14 at 12:45 p.m. @ Scotiabank Theatre (Press & Industry)

Language: English
Runtime: 80 minutes

For more information on the festival, visit the official TIFF webpage here.

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