Cinema Q: God Loves Uganda
USA, 2013, 83 Minute Running Time
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Shortlisted by the Academy as one of the best 15 docs of the year!
God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry.
The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the task of eliminating “sexual sin” and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.
"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, [there's] no need for narration. [The director] simply stands back and allows his most deluded interviewees to fashion their own nooses." - The New York Times, Critic's Pick!
"Whatever the state of homophobia in Uganda — which [is likened] to an incipient wildfire — God Loves Uganda clearly lays the blame for it at the feet of the American evangelical movement. The movie doesn’t really argue its case, preferring to stand back, in quiet outrage, as the representatives of that movement are shown with the match in their hands." - The Washington Post
DIRECTOR: Roger Ross Williams
World Sales: Variance