Jesus Camp details
|Starring:||Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard, Mike Papantonio|
|Directors:||Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady|
|Genre:||Documentary - History|
|Run time:||1 hour 24 minutes|
|Rental release:||09 Jun 2008|
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Religeon is the Root of all Evil !!!By JayKay (27 reviews) from Newry, Northern Ireland , 25 Nov 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a great film if youre even slightly interested in Religion
This film follows children in there daily lives. All the children are evangelical Christians and have been brought up with the bible at hand.
Personally this film made me physically sick and of course even stronger in my beliefs of atheism.
Although it was shocking at how parents allow there children to live I found it very interesting.
If anyone believes in an invisible man then you should consider watching this and even if you are an atheist then this is a still an interesting video.
Although it did make me, at times, sick to my stomach i have watched it several times and i do like it
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In response to criticsBy a customer from England , 11 Sep 2009It's sometimes presumed by critics of this movie that it only seems so shocking due to sensationalist editing. Actually the movie is so truthful to its subject that the Kids In Ministry group actually sell it on their website. They admit that its controversial, but claim that it SHOULD be controversial. They absolutely do not see it as misrepresenting them. So if you found yourself shocked by what you saw, it's not because the movie is out to shock. Rather, it's because the message the camp organisers wanted to convey shocks you.
hypocracy, hatred and greed under the umbrella of religionBy itstinks (681 reviews) from North of Reading , 17 Jul 2009As with all these exposes its always a matter of seeing a bunch of Christians showing a singular lack of understanding of the teachings of Christ and very little christian charity to others. The main arguments of inculcating children is that the Muslims do it as well, yes and so do african guerillas, so did the Khmer Rouge and even Orwell shows it as a tried and trusted method in 1984. Despite the threats of having the power to elect the president of the US, the fact that Obama got in shows that was just one more of their fantasies. However, if anyone can see the obvious suffering and distress of the children as they are manipulated into false emotions and not want to bring child cruelty charges against the organisers then they have a stronger stomach than me.
Child abuseBy NeilWeightman (32 reviews) from Peckham , 25 May 2009This documentary follows a few children as they participate in religious gatherings and a bible camp in the US. There is no real commentary on what is shown, besides a (Christian) radio presenter in short sections at either end of the movie.
Since there is no commentary, the fact that this looks like brainwashing and child abuse arises from the activities of the adults portrayed in the film - in other words, this is frightening in its own right, not because of the spin placed on it by the film-makers.
The film is disturbing and powerful and worth a watch to decide for yourself.
just scaryBy Filovirus (1 review) from Reading , 19 Apr 2009that people like this exist, and think they have a moral high ground.. the intense indoctrination of young kids is just wrong on so many levels.. plus the strange element of political crossover they have with the right wing establishment, which feeds down to the teaching of children.. clearly global warming isn't an issue... god did it.. and Bush is clearly a gift from god.. come on kids.. 'praise the cardboard cut out of the grinniming chimp man.. although of course he isn't a chimp man, cos evolution is just lies created by scientist who want you to think freely.. !'
for an interesting twist on this, after watching, do a you tube, google search for the pastor guy Ted Haggard .. just to see exactly how morally superior live their lives... just don't forget to pay him meg bucks for his mega church though !!
No more than the titleBy Mashman (1 review) from Worcester , 07 Apr 2009At first this was quite intriguing.
On every level, from gaining insight into just how big and powerful a militant right wing christian group can be in the most influential country in the world to watching how much people lose it during the sermons, it drew me in.
But then it went wrong - mainly because after a captivating first half it doesn't really go anywhere. We all know that documentaries are not movies or fiction and can't be treated as such, and yet I still felt that there was something lacking in the point of it by the second half. Many serious issues were raised from the footage of the camp, not least that of where the line is drawn for child abuse or brain washing, but there were was little done to inform you further or explore those aspects to the degree that what you had already seen demanded. For example, I would like to have seen more public/ media/ political reactions to the camps themselves and the movement behind them.
To sum up - Jesus Camp is interesting and disturbing, relevant but unbalanced.