God Loves Uganda
Roger Ross Williams
Festival year: 2014
Uganda is a battlefield where guns are replaced by crosses and the sound of bullets drown out by pious sermons. This movie provides an insight into the campaign of the American conservative evangelical movement and its attempts to eradicate sexual immorality.
American evangelicals of the International House of Prayer (IHOP) tend to compare Uganda to ‘Ground Zero’, providing the opportunity to submit the entire population to their radical world view. For decades, the evangelical movement has been building schools, hospitals and other amenities in the country. Meanwhile, its extremist religious ideas are injected into the minds of the Ugandan population and infiltrate politics and the media, deeply affecting the rights of gays and issues such as birth control. While the propaganda of IHOP’s conservative norms and values causes a wave of religious hatred and violence, an Ugandan bishop devotes himself to promoting dialogue and reconciliation.
After Call Me Kuchu, which was screened at the 2013 Movies that Matter Festival, God Loves Uganda is yet another merciless indictment against homophobia and conservative extremism in Africa.
United States 2013, 83 min.
Spoken language: English
Official website: http://www.godlovesuganda.com