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Jesus Camp is an American documentary that was filmed in 2006 and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. The film chronicles a summer camp for Christian children run by a charismatic leader. The intention of the camp is to prepare the children to take back America from non-religious and secular forces. While the film claims to be an impartial look at the evangelical community, it is clearly on the side of the secular forces. The film received a nomination for Best Documentary at Academy Awards and caused so much controversy that the camp was closed after the release of the film. The film debuted in 2006 at the Tribeca Film Festival and was then sold to Magnolia Films by A&E Indie Films. The camp documented in the film is located near Devils Lake, North Dakota and is known as the Kids on Fire School of Ministry. At the camp, children are taught to evangelize and to use their prophetic gifts. The focus of the film is on three children named Rachael, Victoria and Levy. The film also uses footage from a prayer conference for children that was held at Christ Triumphant Church. The film focuses on many activities of the churches and prayer groups. One such scene has the children laying hand on a life-sized cutout of then President George W. Bush. A main focus of the ministries involved in the film is to gear children up to engage in the fight against abortion. The film also features former Pastor Ted Haggard preaching against homosexuality before he was involved in his own sexual scandal. Another focus of the film is a debate between the head of the camp and a radio talk-show host. The DVD release of the film contains some deleted scenes. The film received generally positive reviews.