GOD LOVES UGANDA
GOD LOVES UGANDA
“Masterfully crafted and astonishingly provocative, God Loves Uganda may be the most terrifying film of the year.”
– David Courier, Sundance Film Festival
“A searing look at the role of American evangelical missionaries in the persecution of gay Africans”
– Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times
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With nearly half its population under the age of 15 — a fertile source of unclaimed souls — Uganda is particularly attractive to missionaries. But saving them comes with a price, as we learn from Gospel messages liberally seasoned with antigay rhetoric and fundamentalist support for a bill that would institute the death penalty for repeat homosexual offenders.
Delving into a political framework that ties United States financing of H.I.V. relief efforts to a radical Christian moral agenda, Mr. Williams uses interviews and hidden-camera footage to expose the egotism, avarice and ignorance that undermine more laudable intentions. There is much here to sicken, including a frothing Ugandan pastor presenting an S-and-M video to his flock as a benchmark of gay behavior, and the powder-keg funeral of David Kato, a gay rights advocate who was fatally beaten with a hammer during filming.
But the terrifying consequences of using the Bible to inspire homophobia seem of no concern to the missionaries of the Missouri-based International House of Prayer, whose speaking-in-tongues fanaticism virtually drowns out the film’s more rational religious representatives. That’s not necessarily a bad thing: with so many extremists on hand, Mr. Williams has no need for narration. He simply stands back and allows his most deluded interviewees to fashion their own nooses.
– Jeanette Catsoulis
The feature-length documentary GOD LOVES UGANDA is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right.
The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law.
God Loves Uganda premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, 2013 and has won numerous awards at film festivals so far. The film serves as a catalyst for change, through our upcoming international screening tour and social action campaign.