God Loves Uganda
|God Loves Uganda|
|Directed by||Roger Ross Williams|
|Produced by||Roger Ross Williams |
Rev. Kapya Kaoma
Rev. Robert Kayanja
Rev. Jo Anna Watson
Jesse & Rachelle Digges
Bishop Christopher Senyonjo
Rev. Martin Ssempa
|Music by||Mark degli Antoni|
|Edited by||Richard Hankin (supervising editor)|
|Distributed by||Variance Films|
God Loves Uganda is a documentary film produced and directed by Roger Ross Williams, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It explores connections between evangelicalism in North America and in Uganda, suggesting that the North American influence is the reason behind the controversial Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, which at one point raised the possibility of the death penalty for gays and lesbians. The filmmakers follow a group of young missionaries from the International House of Prayer in their first missionary effort in another nation, as well as interviewing several evangelical leaders from the US and Uganda.
Williams was inspired to make God Loves Uganda when he met David Kato, an LBGT activist who was killed in 2011, ostensibly in a robbery. Kato told there was an untold story of the damage American fundamentalist evangelicals are doing in Uganda; of the insidious nature of their aggressive effort to harvest young, unclaimed souls to preach a gospel of love intertwined with a gospel of intolerance.
In late May 2014, the film aired on several PBS stations in the United States as part of the Independent Lens series. In response, the International House of Prayer issued a God Loves Uganda FAQ on their website which responds to a number of the issues raised in the documentary. Website Right-Wing Watch subsequently criticized this response.
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Joe Mirabella at The Huffington Post described it as the "most terrifying film of the year"; Tim Wu at Slate and Bill Blezek at the Omaha World-Herald described the film as "disturbing." On the other hand, John G. Stackhouse Jr. of Christianity Today criticized the film for "evangelophobia" and trading in "propaganda", likening the film to the 2006 film Jesus Camp.
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God Loves Uganda has won the following awards:
- Full Frame Inspiration Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
- Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Dallas International Film Festival
- Best Feature Length Documentary at the Ashland Independent Film Festival
- Audience Award Documentary at the Mountain Film Festival
- Best Overall Documentary at the DocuWest Film Festival
- Sheffield Youth Jury Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest
- Grand Jury Pink Peach Feature at the Atlanta Film Festival
- Jury Award for Documentary Feature at the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
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- Blizek, Bill (January 19, 2013). "The movies start playing". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- Wu, Tim (January 21, 2013). "God Loves Uganda shows how American Christians export homophobia". Slate. Archived from the original on 2013-02-05. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- John G. Stackhouse, Jr. (May 15, 2013). ""God Loves Uganda" - In a documentary along the lines of 'Jesus Camp,' who's demonizing whom?". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on 2013-11-17. Retrieved 2013-11-02.