God Loves Uganda

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Film Info
Premiere Status:USA
Year of Prod:2013
Running Time:83
Original Language:English
Awards:GGA Documentary Feature Contender
dir:Roger Ross Williams
prod:Julie Goldman
Roger Ross Williams
cam:Derek Wiesehahn
editor:Richard Hankin
Benjamin Gray
mus:Mark degli Antoni
source:Motto Pictures
68 Jay Street #319
New York
NY 11201

Why is there a link between evangelical Christian fundamentalist movements and the religious and political system in Uganda and what are its effects? These questions form the basis for this investigative documentary that explores the causes of homophobia in Uganda. Using interviews, vérité-style coverage and hidden camera footage, God Loves Uganda exposes the ideologies and financial stakes in the relationship between American religious figures Lou Engle, founder of the prayer program TheCall, and anti-LGBT activist Scott Lively, author of The Pink Swastika, with conservative Ugandan pastors such as Robert Kayanja and Martin Ssempa, who became an internet celebrity in 2010 when he was recorded making a rampantly homophobic, disturbing and odd claim about homosexuals. Amidst a cultural atmosphere where a hotly contested Ugandan bill that would make homosexuality a crime punishable by death has been introduced and debated, we see American evangelicals touring the countryside and spreading Christianity poised against moving stories of those fighting against religious oppression in the nation, such as the gay activist David Kato, who was interviewed just prior to his murder, and the excommunicated Bishop Christopher Senyojo, who has devoted his leadership to eradicating hate in his community. Eye-opening and troubling, the film suggests that Uganda is a test case in a renewed attempt to globalize religious power through evangelism.
-Sean Uyehara

Co-presenter: Center for Investigative Reporting

Additional Information

Roger Ross Williams

Roger Ross Williams directed and produced Music by Prudence, winner of the 2010 Academy Award for documentary short subject. He is the first African American to win an Oscar for directing and producing a film. He has produced and directed dozens of hours of non-fiction programming for major television networks and cable channels. Williams has won numerous awards for his work. Currently Williams has several projects in development, including a feature narrative film about the African American Baptist church titled Black Sheep.