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Jesus Camp (2006)

Cast: Pastor Becky Fischer, Pastor Becky Fischer, Levi, more...
Director: Heidi Ewing, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, more...
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Studio: Magnolia
Genre: Documentary, Religion
Running Time: 84 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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The youngest foot soldiers for the Lord are shown in their native environment in this documentary. Becky Fischer is a children's pastor who runs "Kids on Fire," a summer camp for evangelical Christian children in North Dakota. Fischer believes in the political and moral importance of a Christian presence in America, and uses her camp to reinforce the religious training most of her charges are already receiving at home (the majority of the campers are home-schooled by their parents). Using video games, animated videos, and group activities to help put her message across, Fischer encourages the kids to pray for George W. Bush and his Supreme Court appointees while urging them to help "take back America for Christ." For the most part, the children seem reasonably ordinary beyond the fact they pray with uncommon fervor and sometimes speak in tongues. Along with Fisher and her cohorts, Jesus Camp features interviews with Ted Haggard, an evangelist and advisor to George W. Bush, and Mike Papantonio, a Christian talk show host who believes the right-wing slant of many Christian evangelists is taking the church into a dangerous direction. Jesus Camp was directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, who previously made the acclaimed The Boys of Baraka. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

All religions indoctrinate their children by shiftless December 24, 2007 - 12:25 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
There are simultaneous messages to enjoy here in Jesus Camp. It's an amazing look at a sect of Christianity that combines seemingly daily mystical experiences with civic minded political action (take over by voting and/or running for political office). It delivers a hard important look at the political aspirations of the Evangelical movement while managing to remain focused on the very human story of children who are led to believe its tenets. But this film goes even beyond the particulars of brainwashing children, or the rise of conservative christians as a political power in the context of the Bush administration. It reminds you that all religions brainwash their kids at an early age, and they could have picked any number of sects to make this film about and gotten the essentially same story. The main story of interest here though, is that Evangelicals don't like that Americans are free to sin as they choose, want to institute a theocracy, have the growing power to start making that a reality, and that God is telling them directly to do these things, on a daily basis. Scary, fascinating, and engrossing!

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