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Jonah is a 72-year-old resident at Camphill Ghent. He was born in New York City in 1943. He moved to the Camphill Community in the winter of 2012. We spoke about his Childhood, being tested for intellectual disability, vocational school, and a variety of clerical and messenger jobs he held in and around New York City from the 1960’s-1980’s. He spoke about his treatment by some people based on his appearance and how that has affected him. He also talks about how important it is that he wants to make people happy who may be struggling. Jonah also spoke about a few girlfriends he’d had over the years, his parents, his siblings, and a few different places he’d lived in the Bronx, Patchogue, Astoria, Forrest Hills, and Chatham, NY. We spoke about his love of cars from the 1930’s and 1940’s and going to car shows. Jonah also spoke about his record collection, love of music, and his participation in music events at Camphill Ghent.
I am currently Program Coordinator for Oral history Summer School, a filmmaker, and a sometimes dancer. I have a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from The New School University. I grew up in Massachusetts, and then lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Burlington, VT last December. I am currently working on three film projects about addiction and mental illness, an antique storeowner and his dog, and my mother as she recovers from a stroke and subsequent aphasia. I am interested in experimental practices, cognition, PTSD, creativity, and humor.
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