God Loves Uganda

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God Loves Uganda
Directed by Roger Ross Williams
Produced by Roger Ross Williams
Julie Goldman
Starring Lou Engle
Jonathan Hall
Rev. Kapya Kaoma
Rev. Robert Kayanja
Rev. Jo Anna Watson
Jesse & Rachelle Digges
Bishop Christopher Senyonjo
Rev. Martin Ssempa
Scott Lively
Music by Mark degli Antoni
Cinematography Derek Wiesehahn
Edited by Richard Hankin (supervising editor)
Benjamin Gray
Distributed by Variance Films
Release date
  • January 18, 2013 (2013-01-18)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

God Loves Uganda is a documentary film produced and directed by Roger Ross Williams, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[1][2] 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.[3]


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 said that it is "not involved" in politics, despite the long history of political involvement by Engle, IHOP director Mike Bickle and other IHOP leaders.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[5][6][7] 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.[8]


God Loves Uganda has won the following awards:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Zaimov, Stoyan (January 25, 2013). "'God Loves Uganda' Film Exposes 'Violent' Evangelical Movement Targeting Gays?". The Christian Post. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Greenberg, James (January 25, 2013). "God Loves Uganda: Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Moloshco, Carolyn (March 2014). "'God Loves Uganda' Reveals American Evangelicals Spreading Gay Intolerance. Academy Award winning director tackles abuse of religious power". Palm Springs Life. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Peter Montgomery (21 May 2014). "In Response To Uganda Documentary, IHOP Says It's 'Not Involved' in Politics". Right Wing Watch. People for the American Way. 
  5. ^ Mirabella, Joe (January 23, 2013). "Joe Mirabella: God Loves Uganda, the Most Terrifying Film of the Year, Premieres at Sundance". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Blizek, Bill (January 19, 2013). "The movies start playing". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Wu, Tim (January 21, 2013). "God Loves Uganda shows how American Christians export homophobia". Slate. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  8. ^ 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. 

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