I wasn't even done with the film when I started writing this. This is more than a documentary, this is a horror movie. I first want to explain my own impressions of the subject of the film and then the documentary itself. First, it is disturbing to me seeing this kind of, shall we say brainwashing? The adults in this film brainwashed and indoctrinated into several disturbing beliefs. First of all, they regarded George Bush as a sort of saviour, an ideal of morality. They taught creationism and discretited in its entirety the idea of global warning. The furthered the views of a political party, of Bush, of not believing in global warming and of other things that have to do nothing with religion. They are, in fact exploiting how innocent and gullible these children are and I found it deeply disturbing. Should children be made to suffer so much? They had children stand in front of the Capitol (?), in the cold, with red tape across their mouths (which had "Life" written on it). This is exploitation.
The documentary is very well made, the people in it and their actions speak for themselves. The makers of the documentary do not try to interject to express their own views. They do present, albeit very briefly, the ideas of a moderate radio host which presents a good balance to the film.
This is something everyone needs to see. It is eye-opening and terribly frightening. There are kids with a lot of potential in this documentary. I applaud their interest in religion, but can they please be happier, less gullible and less indoctrinated?
Controversy in promotion of this video was largely generated by media hype in order to advertise it as a shocking exposé. If you're a sheltered suburbanite who receives all of their news via NPR, believes everything they see on TV and thrills to elections paid by the public featuring candidates purchased by special interest groups, then this is sure to disturb you. I watched this to see insane Christers doing outrageous things for my amusement, and while their conduct is embarrassing, … more
Pros: Still too shocked to say Cons: Still too shocked to say The Bottom Line: Because they are children, this is one of the most difficult documentaries I have ever watched. Plot Details: This opinion reveals everything about the movie''s plot. I had to watch the documentary Jesus Camp in pieces. It is a 75 minute piece that took me hours to watch because of the anger and confusion it caused. … more
Pros: Provides glimpses into the Evangelical movement Cons: Marked lack of Scripture; irrelevant comments by Papantonio The Bottom Line: This is a good film, but could use some Scripture references. Plot Details: This opinion reveals everything about the movie's plot. INTRODUCTION: I rented this film from Blockbuster approximately one month ago and had mixed feelings about it, though not in the areas … more
`Jesus Camp' is a revealing document of the right-wing evangelical movement. Like many people of any political or religious group, the old addage, "God is on our side," is worn on most players' sleeves. In the crossfire is Becky Fischer, Pentecostal evangelical children's minister and Mike Papantonio, radio host of the "Ring of Fire" program. They are both at the heart of the left/right, red/blue, theocracy vs. oligarchy divide in our nation. At the time of the filming, Sandra Day O'Connor retired … more
"JESUS CAMP" Oddly American Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride "Jesus Camp" (Magnolia) is built around a Pentecostal minister who runs a summer camp for young children and the families that send their children there. This is a "right-on" look at an American subculture and I found it particularly alarming. The moving is both a damning and sublet look about a religious movement that isolates children from the mainstream and brainwashes … more
The feverish spectacle of a summer camp for evangelical Christian kids is the focus of Jesus Camp, a fascinating if sometimes alarming documentary. (Shortly after its release, the movie gained a new notoriety when Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, who appears near the end of the film, resigned his post amid a male prostitute's allegations of drug use and sexual misconduct.) For most of the film, we follow a charismatic teacher, Becky Fischer, as she trains young soldiers in "God's Army" at a camp in North Dakota. Some of the kids emerge as likable and bright, and eager to continue their work as pint-sized preachers; elsewhere, the visions of children speaking in tongues and falling to the floor in ecstasy are more troubling. Even more arresting is the vision of a generation of children home-schooled to believe that the Bible is science, or Fischer's certainty that America's flawed system of democracy will someday be replaced by a theocracy. (In one scene, a cardboard cut-out of George W. Bush is presented to the children, who react by laying their hands on the figure as though in a religious procession.) Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady maintain neutrality about all this, maybe too much so (they throw in some interviews with radio host Mike Papantonio to provide a liberal-Christian viewpoint) and one would like to know more about the grown-ups presented here. Power broker Haggard is the creepiest person in the...