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Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 18 April 2007 (France)
A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

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Jesus Camp follows several young children as they prepare to attend a summer camp where the kids will get their daily dose of evangelical Christianity. Becky Fischer works at the camp, which is named Kids on Fire. Through interviews with Fischer, the children, and others, Jesus Camp illustrates the unswerving belief of the faithful. A housewife and homeschooling mother tells her son that creationism has all the answers. Footage from inside the camp shows young children weeping and wailing as they promise to stop their sinning. Child after child is driven to tears. Juxtapose these scenes with clips from a more moderate Christian radio host (who is appalled by such tactics), and Jesus Camp seems to pose a clear question: are these children being brainwashed? Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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America is being born again

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Rated PG-13 for some discussions of mature subject matter | See all certifications »

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Campamento Jesús  »

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Opening Weekend:

$17,659 (USA) (17 September 2006)

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$902,544 (USA)
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Since the making of the film, Becky Fischer, children's pastor for Kids on Fire, announced that due to negative reactions to the camp after the film, including telephone calls and vandalism, the camp, which was held once a year for three weeks, has been discontinued indefinitely and will be replaced by other events. See more »

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Becky Fisher swings a stuffed Lion and says "You've got a Tiger by the tail". See more »

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Home-schooled kids: [the kids eat lunch together at a table, discussing the taboo subject of Harry Potter films. One boy in particular raises some hell, literally] Well, my mom won't let me watch Harry Potter 'cuz it has, like, witchcraft and stuff in it, but, uh...
[smiles mischievously]
Home-schooled kids: I watch 'em all the time at my dad's house.
[the other kids stare in open-mouthed horror]
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »

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Breathe Prophesy
Music and lyrics by Todd Ganovski
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This is real footage from the 21th century
27 December 2013 | by (wherever good films play) – See all my reviews

This documentary offers a rare chance to get a close view inside a not very well known society within our society. I thought the content was very honest, and - although this is not the kind of movie people watch for entertainment value - I would like to point out that this is also a very well made film, and certainly never dull or boring.

Religious communities are not often very open towards journalists or filmmakers; they fear - probably with good reason - that their portrayal by the secular media is biased and that their believes are depicted in the wrong light. However, in this documentary the filmmakers were granted full access, and the evangelical community whose portrayal you get to see in the film got the chance to see it first before it was released to the general public. They thought it was an accurate depiction of their lifestyle and their believes.

What you see in this film is not staged - this is real, 21th century footage. Highly recommended. 9 stars out of 10.

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