A Look Inside
Jesus Camp
Review by Ross Anthony

This documentary takes you into the day to day (and occasionally night) goings-on at an evangelical Bible camp for kids. Much more than just teaching the Bible, the camp is a tool to set the children in attendance on fire with the desire to preach.

This is not about summer fun, this is about shouting out your belief in Jesus. It's about challenging yourself and your fellowman to rethink his/her religious views until they align with what's taught at camp. And it doesn't matter that you're 8 or 7 or 6 years of age. This children's pastor will have you up and witnessing, swaying, crying, and speaking in all sorts of tongues -- none of which are languages owned by any nation on this earth.

When asked if her "spirited" methods might cross the line into brainwashing the pastor reminds us that "our enemies are doing the same thing." She's referring to the extreme Muslims that are willing to give up their lives for what they believe.

The content is, no doubt, eye opening (and quite possibly -- shockingly so) for those of us unaware how intense (for kids) these camps can get. But, as a production, the documentary seems to dwell, perhaps too finely focused, and not branch out. I wanted to see just what the other religions are doing in their extreme camps. I wanted interviews with teens and adults who had been through these types of camps as kids. How did they feel about their experiences in hindsight? So, as a viewer, I found the content extremely interesting, but the lack of larger scope left me antsy.

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  • Jesus Camp. Copyright © 2006.
  • Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.
  • Presented by Magnolia Pictures.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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