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Oscar-nominated Documentary to Screen at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 15, 2008

poster for Jesus CampEAU CLAIRE — "Jesus Camp" (2006), an Oscar-nominated documentary about an evangelical boot camp that trains children to take back America for Christ, will screen Feb. 28-March 2 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will present the film at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

"No matter your religious or political affiliation (or lack thereof), this supremely even-handed documentary from Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady is cinematic dynamite," wrote the Philadelphia Inquirer.

A growing number of evangelical Christians believe there is a revival under way in America that requires Christian youth to assume leadership roles in advocating the causes of their religious movement. "Jesus Camp" follows Levi, Rachael and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer's "Kids on Fire" summer camp in North Dakota, where children as young as 6 years old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers. The film is a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future.

"At heart, all documentaries aim to be important films," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. "Few actually pull it off. Minor flaws and all, 'Jesus Camp' is among the year's most important films, if only because it forces us to learn about an America we seldom see and seldom want to see."

The 87-minute film is rated PG-13.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

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