Jesus Camp

Director: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Year Released: 2006
Rating: 2.0

Disturbing look at Evangelical Christian camp (run by a very nefarious Becky Fischer) which seems more like brainwashing and trickery than level-headed and honest discussion on religion - as a counterpoint, Ewing and Grady cover Mike Papantonio's radio show where he defends his faith while condemning extremism. As hard as they try, it's ever so clear Ewing and Grady cannot remain neutral, viewing the likes of Fischer and her kind as monsters who are clearly harming children - while this is valuable as agit-prop to stop programming children in this way (the speeches about pro-life and taping the kids' mouths is chilling), it's also liberal-baiting at its most flagrant, with the filmmakers prodding their audience at every turn (look at how ridiculous this is! and that! look at this weird-ass!). A better thought-out project might have investigated what led the likes of Fischer and her followers to go down this 'path' of religion-as-intolerance - what events in their lives turned them into people like this. True faith is best contained within one's own being.