Featuring: Becky Fischer, Lou Engle, Rev. Ted Haggard
Jesus Camp is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, from Loki Films, about a Pentecostal/charismatic summer camp for children. According to the distributor, it “doesn’t come with any prepackaged point of view” and tries to be “an honest and impartial depiction of one faction of the evangelical Christian community.” Jesus Camp debuted at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and was sold by A&E Indie Films to Magnolia Pictures. Controversy surrounding the film was featured in several television news programs and print media articles in 2006. On January 23, 2007, Jesus Campwas nominated for the 2006 seventy-ninth Annual Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Documentary Feature. It lost to Davis Guggenheim and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.
Jesus Camp is about the “Kids On Fire School of Ministry,” a charismatic Christian summer camp located just outside Devils Lake, North Dakota and run by Becky Fischer and her ministry, Kids in Ministry International (http://www.kidsinministry.com). The film focuses on three children who attended the camp in the summer of 2005—Levi, Rachael, and Tory (Victoria). The film cuts between footage of the camp and a children’s prayer conference held just prior to the camp at Christ Triumphant Church, a large charismatic church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City.
See Also Becky Fischer’s reflections on the making of the movie in “Jesus Camp My Story.”