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'Jesus Camp' film slated at Fargo Theatre

The Fargo Theatre is set to screen the controversial documentary "Jesus Camp" starting Nov. 17. The movie follows three children during their stint at the "Kids on Fire" Bible camp in Devils Lake, N.D., where they are schooled to reclaim their co...

The Fargo Theatre is set to screen the controversial documentary "Jesus Camp" starting Nov. 17.

The movie follows three children during their stint at the "Kids on Fire" Bible camp in Devils Lake, N.D., where they are schooled to reclaim their country for Christ.

Thanks to its direct glimpses into camp routine - youngsters pledge to give up their lives for Jesus and pray over a cardboard cutout of President Bush - the film has generated considerable buzz on conservative and liberal blogs alike. Evangelical camp founder Becky Fischer received hate mail accusing her of brainwashing impressionable youths.

The movie had a limited national opening in September and will hit most smaller markets in early November. It arrives here later than most locations because the Fargo Theatre had screening commitments before Nov. 17. Fargo Theatre Executive Director Executive Margie Bailly said professors from Concordia College's religion department have expressed interest in leading a panel on the movie following a local screening.

"I hope people will see it, and I'd definitely like some community dialogue to go along with it," says Bailly.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Mila Koumpilova at (701) 241-5529

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