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Jesus Camp

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Jesus Camp

Jesus Camp

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
85 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/15/06
director:
Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
distributor:
Magnolia Pictures
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B+

Imagine a place where focused, precocious kids pledge allegiance to a holy text and train as ideological warriors — even, yes, martyrs. You’re imagining America — specifically, Kids on Fire, an evangelical madrassa devoted to fomenting a religiopolitical Children’s Crusade. ”This world, all it feeds you is trash,” says 12-year-old Levi. ”I want the meat.”

As a documentary, Jesus Camp could lose its haunted-house score and contrapuntal Air America refrains and still deliver its message: that, here and elsewhere, fundamentalism is no longer content with a separate peace. It wants the meat.

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