Camp is a three-part video essay that merges architectural and queer theory to create possible means of transgression within Jewish culture. Mitchell uses camp sensibility in order to make visible some of the hidden truths of the culture. Re-enacting and queering popular narratives such as the traditional Purim story and the censored passages in Anne Frank’s diary, the film destabilizes their inherent meaning and questions their legacy within Jewish history. Mitchell proceeds to add her own personal account to the larger cultural story by putting footage of a haircut given to her by her Jewish grandfather and by presenting it with the same importance as the other two narratives.
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