Official Selection, Hot Docs 2013
"Eye-opening." – The Hollywood Reporter
For over 100 years, Western Christian churches have been sending missionaries to Africa. At first, missionaries saw their enterprise as a campaign to civilize a backward people. More recently, they’ve presented themselves as supporters of social welfare, as well as harvesters of souls in regions less corrupted by modernity than the West. In fact, the missionary movement in Africa today is both an outgrowth of the colonial past and an effort to make over a continent in the image of the most extreme fundamentalist Christian values. Through the prism of Africa’s poorest, youngest and most religious country, the film explores the true influence of the American evangelical movement in Africa through the intersecting arcs of three characters: an American missionary, Uganda’s most anti-gay evangelical minister, and a Ugandan priest and human rights activist. Academy Award-winner Roger Ross Williams’ God Loves Uganda is a devastating polemic on a dangerous experiment in theocracy.
Director Roger Ross Williams will participate in post-screening Skype Q&As on Saturday, November 23, at 6:15 p.m., and Sunday, November 24, at 6:15 p.m.
Special guests John Nicolas from Pride Uganda and Xtra’s Andrea Houston will participate in a post-screening discussion on Thursday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m., presented by the Centre For Inquiry Canada. The panel will be moderated by CFI Canada Ambassadors Justin Trottier and Sergio De La Lara.
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GOD LOVES UGANDA, a new documentary that explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. The film is opening at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema November 23rd, 2013 in Toronto.
Check out the trailer ---> http://bit.ly/15BIyp9
From Academy Award-winner Roger Ross Williams, God Loves Uganda raises essential questions about the missionary work of American evangelicals, the use of congregants’ donations to Africa, and our personal responsibility when American conservatives and evangelical institutions export prejudice and discrimination.
I hope you’ll take the time to check out the website and trailer at godlovesuganda.com and consider helping us spread the word about this important film.