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Jesus Camp -- The youngest foot soldiers for the Lord are shown in their native environment in this documentary.
Jesus Camp -- A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.


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Lou Engle ... Himself

Becky Fischer ... Herself

Ted Haggard ... Himself

Mike Papantonio ... Himself - Commentator

Directed by
Heidi Ewing 
Rachel Grady 
Produced by
Laura Bell .... imaging producer
Nancy Dubuc .... executive producer
Heidi Ewing .... producer
Jannat Gargi .... producer: imaging
Rachel Grady .... producer
Ryan Harrington .... managing producer: A&E IndieFilms
Jacquelyn Shulman .... associate producer
Molly Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Force Theory 
Neill Sanford Livingston  (as Sanford Livingston)
Michael Furjanic (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Mira Chang 
Jenna Rosher 
Film Editing by
Enat Sidi 
Art Department
Marc Corsiglia .... graphics designer
Sound Department
Margaret Crimmins .... additional sound designer
Michael Furjanic .... sound designer
David Glaser .... sound mixer: Gizmo Enterprises Inc.
Greg Smith .... additional sound designer
Visual Effects by
Mark A. Brown .... digital film services (as Marc Brown)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nina Davenport .... additional camera operator
Alan Deutsch .... additional camera operator
Tony Hardmon .... additional camera operator
Andrew Jansen .... Steadicam operator
Corey Kohn .... still photographer
Jacquelyn Shulman .... additional camera operator
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Scott P. Doniger .... on-line editor: Full Circle Post (as Scott Doniger)
Dara Kell .... additional editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Minnea Lin .... additional editor
Bill Scott .... senior color timer
Music Department
Neill Sanford Livingston .... musician (as Sanford Livingston)
J.J. McGeehan .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Rose Agger .... production intern
Kathy Avril .... production intern
Maria Cataldo .... production intern
Victoria S. Cook .... legal counsel: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Marc Corsiglia .... title designer
Sam Cotler .... production intern
Anna Liese Gaeta .... production intern
Salil Gandhi .... legal counsel: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Christina Gonzalez .... production assistant
Naomi Goodman .... production intern
Brent Hansford .... production intern
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Kris Kaczor .... production intern
Arlin Kelly .... production intern
Darlene Lin .... production intern
Alex Linsker .... production intern
Maya Mumma .... production intern
Katie Paddock .... production intern
Joanna Parson .... production intern
Timiza Sanyika .... production intern
Tony Shaff .... production intern
Josiah Signor .... production intern
Thom Woodley .... production intern

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Rated PG-13 for some discussions of mature subject matter
84 min | USA:87 min | Austria:58 min (TV version)
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According to DVD commentary by the film's directors, Mike Papantonio, who offered commentary on many of the scenes depicted in the film, was added later on because they felt there wasn't any "tension" in it, and they wanted another viewpoint.See more »
Rachel:[preaching to a group of guys sitting in a park] If you were to die right now in this moment, where do you think you'd go?
guy in the park:Heaven
Rachel:[subdued] Really?
guy in the park:Yeah. Sure.
Rachel:Oh... okay. Have a nice day!
[runs back to her friends]
Rachel:I think they were Muslims!
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94 out of 125 people found the following review useful.
Intolerance Camp, 4 November 2006
Author: imxo

If there is one thing which "Jesus Camp" reveals, it is the extent to which some adults will rob children of a normal childhood in order to foster their own politico-religious agenda. The children in this film are not being inculcated with moral and spiritual values; they are being manipulated into quasi-religious hysteria. In the name of a warped sense of religiosity the adults in this film are deliberately creating cadres of Christianist "yes men." This isn't faith; it's hypnosis.

I do not doubt the good intentions of parents who indoctrinate their children from an early age with principles of religion; after all, the Catholic Church has encouraged this for centuries, and there are wonderful religious schools of all types which provide a strong moral and ethical education to our children. Giving children a foundation of values is invaluable. However, the religio-political cultism demonstrated in this film is beyond the pale. I can guarantee you that if those parents in the film had been born Muslim rather than Christian they would be at the forefront of such practices as stoning and clitoral circumcision. If that's what their particular Good Book calls for, they are all for it. It sure saves thinking for oneself. At the very least, those who survive this kind of cultist indoctrination may turn out to be psychologically disturbed or emotionally impaired. The children of "Jesus Camp" are the kinds of people who wind up as bigots, informers, and lovers of authoritarianism, and who join the myriad of "holier-than-thou" types who already populate American so-called Christianity. These children may never be able to think for themselves. If they do eventually see through this well-intentioned nonsense, they can wind up as the kind of obnoxious hypocrites which they themselves would be quick to condemn.

What an astounding coincidence, then, that one of those very kinds of people shows up for quite a while towards the end of film. Ted Haggard, Evangelical pastor and newly confessed drug-buyer and patron of "male-massage", is seen counseling a young boy on how to play upon his youth in order to spread the Word. You can already see the young boy fawning over his adult admirers and saying whatever he thinks will please them and bring him a measure of recognition. That's the insidious thing about the "Jesus Camp", the kids really want to please their adult trainers. As for Haggard, in the spirit of Christian love and forgiveness he's already been kicked out of his Church. No turn-the-other-cheek Amish among that bunch. Can't have a guy like Haggard hanging around - especially now that he's been found out. As for the adults who encourage slavish indoctrination of their children, I think they would have been more comfortable in 1930's Spain, Italy, or Germany. Each of those countries had its cadre of young, true believers, too.

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