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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

  • Release date:September 15, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rachel Grady Best Documentary 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Heidi Ewing Best Documentary 2006 Nominee

Crew

Heidi Ewing
Director
Rachel Grady
Director
Einat Sidi
Editor
Molly Thompson
Executive Producer
Nancy Dubuc
Executive Producer
Margaret Crimmins
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Furjanic
Sound/Sound Designer
Jenna Rosher
Camera Operator
Mira Chang
Camera Operator
J.J. McGeehan
Additional Music
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