Jesus Camp

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Evangelical indoctrination is given an unflinching, even-handed look in this utterly worthwhile documentary.



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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, Rovi


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  • Jan 24, 2016
    It is appalling to see the nefarious effects of religion and the fundamentalist indoctrination of children carried out by those ignorant, delusional ministers who are so strongly committed to brainwashing them into becoming a bunch of fanatics and turning the USA into a theocracy.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2014
    Though unquestionably biased, Jesus Camp is an eye-opening, oftentimes scary chronicling of the extreme practices of a radical Christian childrens' camp.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2012
    Jesus Camp is a film that really can disturb many people. Most will refuse to view it due to there faith, but really along with Deliver is from Evil this is one documentary you must watch. It makes you just feel so bad for the children, and it really is a form of brainwash by evangelicals among us.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2012
    A fascinating documentary on a Jesus Camp run by evangelicals that provides very disturbing material outlining the brainwashing of children to adhere to a particular message. It is a reaction to Muslim extremist camps quite clearly and the intolerance instilled in the youngsters is horrible to watch.
    John B Super Reviewer

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