|God Loves Uganda
A film by Roger Ross Williams
83 minutes, color, English, 2013
With God Loves Uganda, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (Music by Prudence) explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda's terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that peddle them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them aren't coming from Africa; they're being imported from some of America's largest megachurches.
Using vérité, interviews, and hidden camera footage, the film allows American religious leaders and their young missionaries that make up the "front lines in a battle for billions of souls" to explain their positions in their own words. Shocking and enlightening, touching and horrifying, God Loves Uganda will leave you questioning just how closely this brand of Christianity resembles the one you think you know.
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"Critic's Pick! A searing look at the role of American evangelical missionaries in the persecution of gay Africans." - The New York Times
"Startling... Strong, head-shaking stuff." - Variety
"Williams is to be commended not only for his filmmaking skill, but also for pulling back the curtain on a most disturbing situation." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Masterfully crafted and astonishingly provocative, 'God Loves Uganda' may be the most terrifying film of the year." - Sundance Film Festival
"An extraordinary, excellent film." - MSNBC
"One effective sequence after another carries the alarming sensation of ideological chaos without resorting to technical trickery." - The Dissolve
"A powerful indictment against the priorities and activism of imperialistic right-wing American evangelicalism... Nothing less than a war documentary." - Unfundamentalist Christians
"A fly-on-the-wall look at antigay U.S. evangelicals who have exported their bigoted brand of brimstone overseas… Williams counters the hate-spreading missionaries with dedicated Ugandan clergy who try to preach universal love and understanding, even when that message leads to excommunication and even exile for those who dare to share it."
"The quiet pride and dignity of Uganda's gay community is heartbreaking. Roger Ross Williams presents each side honestly and with as little judgmental weight as possible. The result is a harrowing, painful, yet just documentary." - Examiner
American Culture Warriors in Africa: A Guide to the Exporters of Homophobia and Sexism
Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa by Marc Epprecht
From Wrongs to Gay Rights by Colin Stewart, Rev. Albert Ogleby, et al.
African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality, and Globalization by Neville Hoad
Freedom To Love For ALL: Homosexuality is not Un-African by Yemisi Ilesanmi
UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question by John Shore
● Bonus Shorts