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God Loves Uganda (2013)

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (Music by Prudence) explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda's terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality in this enlightening but shocking exposé. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that peddle them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them aren't coming from Africa, they're being imported from some of America's largest megachurches. Using vérité, interviews, and hidden camera footage, the film allows American religious leaders and their young missionaries that make up the "front lines in a battle for billions of souls" to explain their positions in their own words. (c) Variance

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God Loves Uganda charts the rise in persecution and intolerance in the African nation as America's Christian right takes its anti-gay fight to new territory.

November 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Watching this film will leave you with some dispiriting questions about America and its values.

October 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You'd never guess the subject matter of "God Loves Uganda" from its innocuous-sounding title.

October 24, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Williams' alarm is balanced by his measured observation of a group of twentysomethings from the Kansas City-based International House of Prayer.

October 17, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Those who demand pure objectivity from their documentaries may stumble on God Loves Uganda, which never pretends to be impartial, probably because it's next to impossible to do so when tackling this topic.

October 11, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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"God Loves Uganda" approaches this intersection of faith and politics with some fairness and a good deal of outrage.

October 10, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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½

For awhile, I was having a hard time tracking this film down because I had convinced myself that it was called God Hates Uganda. Here we have the story of local and foreign evangelists competing for the hearts and minds of Ugandan citizens with little regard for the hatred that they brew.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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It's commendable that this film tried to shed light on the horrifying influence of conservative Christian values on Uganda. I think a lot of what this film showcases needed to be seen and speaks a lot about the political affiliation that these religions push on countries that don't have the same rights and freedoms as those protected in other countries. The interviews were solid, and following the IHOP missionaries was intriguing, but the correlation between these people and Uganda needed to be made clearer. There is legislation in Uganda against homosexuality, but there was nothing about the violence enacted against these people, the discrimination, and the countless deaths. The funeral scene was a good start and showed human kindness exists in Uganda, but it didn't show the true impact of these people and their heinous causes. A very beautiful film overall, it still showed the Ugandan societal landscape, and what has changed its features in the past thirty years.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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