Jesus Camp

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Released 2006

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Director:
Heidi Ewing , Rachel Grady
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Jesus Camp is a 2006 documentary that explores the evangelical Christian movement from a child's perspective. The film presents the "Kids on Fire" summer camp run by pastor Becky Fisher, who uses video games, cartoons and group activities to show the children how to "take back America for Christ." Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady demonstrate how the kids are indoctrinated into merging the religious and the political as when they pray for President Bush and the Supreme Court along with Fisher and her fellow counselors. The film then focuses on three young Christian campers. 12-year-old Levi already delivers charismatic sermons; 10-year old Tory, a pretty blonde only wants to exalt the Lord; and nine-year old Rachael already tries to convert strangers on the street. The filmmakers contrast the training and techniques of the this Pentecostal North Dakota camp with talk show host, Mike Papantonio, a Christian who expresses concern at the methods.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Jesus Camp doesn't pretend to be a comprehensive survey of the charismatic-evangelical phenomenon. It offers no history or sociology and only scattered statistics about its growth....

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Whether you are a religious, churchgoing person or not, if you are the least bit liberal or tolerant in your world view, this has got to be one of the most unnerving films of the y...

  • 50

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    May shock many viewers, especially political liberals.

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