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Although JESUS CAMP spends about half its time at Becky Fischer's Kids on Fire summer camp in (ironically) Devil's Lake, ND, it could perhaps be more aptly titled JESUS WORLD or KIDS FOR JESUS. Co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady center their documentary on three young children, all apparently ten years old or younger: Levi, Tory, and Rachael. These three children are followed from church prayer meetings to their homes (where they recite Christianized pledges of allegiance and are schooled by their mothers in creationism and the fallacies of global warming), and later to a Ted Haggard evangelical convention in Colorado Springs and a pro-life demonstration (complete with red duct tape inscribed LIFE fastened over their mouths) in Washington, D.C. Ewing and Grady remain strictly outside observers these events, offering neither voice-over or commentary.Read more ›
I was totally disturbed by this wonderful documentary simply because, though it is very "fringe" in the extremes of Christianity in the U.S, much of what is presented in "Jesus Camp",especially the attitudes of exclusive right to "The Truth" and an allegiance to the President is very common in even lesser denominations of Fundamentalism ( OKAY...now that remark may spare some Inquisitional attitudes!).Who Becky Fisher is IS real.Who Ted Haggart is ( oh boy was he exposed!) IS real.These children and their "radical stand for Christ" is as real as any Muslim Fundamentalist Extremist.
I was "deprogrammed" (as it were) over time.What bugs me still is that I am a really intelligent human being....BUT if you are needy and aimless, this brand of "Jesus" can be very appealing as any "search for truth or enlightenment".
Don't be shocked by this documentary....fear it...and fight it.I know whereof I speak.
(What.... no hateful retorts yet?.......)
For those of us outside of the movement Fisher's approach to children seems harsh and irresponsible, it has all the markings of brainwashing. One of the most disturbing scenes is where Fisher preaches about double morale, letting the children believe they've let Satan in their heart by prayer in church but acting indifferently to her teachings in school. We see children panicking and bursting out into tears; later when the children start talking in tongues some seem to loose it.
Yet nowhere in the movie there seems to be bad intent from her side, Becky really believes in what she preaches, really believes she's helping those children. The children themselves talk enthusiastically about the sermons and seem determined to convert others or become preachers themselves. At times the people portrayed here seem to live in another universe than yourselves, but at the same time they're completely congruent with their believes. When they denounce science or global warming these people honestly feel others who do are misguided and need saving.
No where in the movie Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, the directors, attempt to explain how their subjects came into believing; their tales of being reborn remain superficial. In doing so the film never gets an judgemental character, but its also ultimately one of the weaknesses in the film. It leaves the viewer with more questions than he bargained for.Read more ›
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Quite a terrifying look at the manipulation of children and their indoctrination into religion for the sole purpose of fulfilling the ulterior motives of religious fanatic adults. Read morePublished 1 day ago by J. Goldsmith
These poor kids are going to have problems growing up but the documentary as a whole really opens your eyes as a member of the united states looking into an organization that maybe... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kirby
Clearly shows the need of evangelicals to interpret freedom as their freedom to the detriment of other people.
Children are pack animals. Read more
well worth everyone watching: a whole generation is getting some very dangerous indoctrinating!!!Published 4 days ago by Meremebjo
How someone doesn't see the irony of their actions is beyond me. I'd love to see a follow-up to this doc. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Raul R.
If you are into early childhood indoctrination, then this is a great movie or an even better teaching tool. Scary to see that this level of early childhood endangerment happens!Published 7 days ago by J. P. Duffy
Terrible documentary. You can't take a small group of charismatic nuts and base an entire movement on it. Christianity in general is not like this. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Charles Richardson
I have seen a lot of films and documentaries that I had said made me sick over the years. I can't recall ever actually feeling physically sick by them though. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Hutch
Seems there were many mentions of sin and death, or as stated in scripture "the wages of Sin are Death, but little about Love and Forgiveness. Read morePublished 9 days ago by fishfanger