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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 Fischer 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
Deleted scenes - including additional Ted Haggard sermon footage
This exceptionally good documentary likely would have won the Academy Award, but for its unlucky timing to be nominated against the juggernaut of Al Gore in Hollywood.
There are countless reviews of this film and I encourage you to read a few of them - after viewing the film if you prefer.
I don't want to give it away but this film is worth every penny and should be seen by a lot of people, no matter what their beliefs.
I recommend Jesus Camp 100%.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Certain To Frustrate All
Jesus Camp is certain to frustrate most viewers…regardless of your religious views. Despite this tendency, it is certainly worth your while to get an insight, albeit slanted, into a small segment of Christianity. As a Christian I found myself so angry at points that this portrayal becomes the typecast into which all Evangelicals seem to be painted. Others will certainly be offended by their conversion tactics (military implications intended) and rightist politics. I would recommend this film to many with the inclusion that this is not mainstream Evangelicalism.