August 12, 2013 · 7:00 PM
This location is shown only to members
God Loves Uganda vividly portrays how American and African evangelical Christians have promoted religious bigotry and homophobic attitudes and public policy in sub-Saharan Africa. Premiered at the 2013 Sundance Festival, the first Portland-area screening of this limited-distribution documentary will be presented by the Columbia Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU) at the Southwest Portland Community Center. Space is limited, so PLEASE RSVP* if you plan to attend - or if you've changed your mind.
One alarming issue the film highlights is the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” currently pending before the Ugandan Congress - a clear reflection of American-style fundamentalism hitching a ride on Africans’ lingering distrust Western imperialism. “It is commonplace in many African countries nowadays,” the New York Times has noted, “for homosexuality to be denounced as an un-African disease imported from abroad. But . . . virulent homophobia is the real import. If the bill is passed . . . homosexuals will face life imprisonment, and anyone who knows of the existence of a homosexual but fails to report it within 24 hours will face three years in prison.” An illuminating interview with Roger Ross Williams, the film's Academy Award-winning, African-American director-producer, is available at http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/05/22/black-film-roger-ross-williams-god-loves-uganda-interview and some additional info can be found at http://www.godlovesuganda.com.
Admission is free, though a $5.00 contribution is suggested to help cover AU’s rental costs. The Southwest Portland Community Center is at SW 45th and Vermont, a 1.2 mile drive from I-5, 4 miles from the Sellwood Bridge, 4.5 miles from downtown, and 4.1 miles from 217. Along with the Center’s large parking lot, there is ample street parking, plus space at the strip mall directly opposite SPCC on Vermont.
*NB: If you've already RSVP'd on AU's own Meet-up site, or sent an email response to keepthemseparate.org, then there is of course no need to respond here.