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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.
Watching this film will leave you with some dispiriting questions about America and its values.
You'd never guess the subject matter of "God Loves Uganda" from its innocuous-sounding title.
Williams' alarm is balanced by his measured observation of a group of twentysomethings from the Kansas City-based International House of Prayer.
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.
"God Loves Uganda" approaches this intersection of faith and politics with some fairness and a good deal of outrage.
A vitally important film that hopefully will also serve as a reminder to the U.S. LGBTQ movement that complacency about our hard-won freedoms is far from being a global thing. Far from it.
The moment could not be any timelier for this movie.
The depiction of moral imperialism is frightening and infuriating.
The salient trait of God Loves Uganda is its evenness of temper.
What's especially chilling is how unapologetic evangelical leaders such as Lou Engle and Scott Lively, and the missionaries they send to spread the gospel in Africa, are when they equate the "sin" of homosexuality with that of murder or theft.
The frankness with which the director's subjects open up about the intentions and their beliefs is as alarming as the charm they turn on to win over the faith-starved locals.
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.
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.
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