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God Loves Uganda

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Director  Roger Ross Williams
Show  Independent Lens
Episode number  21
Previous episode  Let the Fire Burn
Country  United States
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary
Season number  15
Air date  May 19, 2014
Language  English
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Release date  January 18, 2013 (2013-01-18)
Writer  Benjamin Gray, Richard Hankin, Roger Ross Williams
Similar movies  Roger Ross Williams directed God Loves Uganda and Music by Prudence, Call Me Kuchu (2012), Gideons Army (2013), Jesus Camp (2006), After Tiller (2013)

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God Loves Uganda is a documentary film produced and directed by Roger Ross Williams, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It explores connections between evangelicalism in North America and in Uganda, suggesting that the North American influence is the reason behind the controversial Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, which at one point raised the possibility of the death penalty for gays and lesbians. The filmmakers follow a group of young missionaries from the International House of Prayer in their first missionary effort in another nation, as well as interviewing several evangelical leaders from the US and Uganda.


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Williams was inspired to make God Loves Uganda when he met David Kato, an LBGT activist who was killed in 2011, ostensibly in a robbery. Kato told there was an untold story of the damage American fundamentalist evangelicals are doing in Uganda; of the insidious nature of their aggressive effort to harvest young, unclaimed souls to preach a gospel of love intertwined with a gospel of intolerance.

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In late May 2014, the film aired on several PBS stations in the United States as part of the Independent Lens series. In response, the International House of Prayer said that it is "not involved" in politics, despite the long history of political involvement by Engle, IHOP director Mike Bickle and other IHOP leaders.

Critical reception

Joe Mirabella at the Huffington Post described it as the "most terrifying film of the year"; Tim Wu at Slate and Bill Blezek at the Omaha World-Herald described the film as "disturbing." On the other hand, John G. Stackhouse, Jr. of Christianity Today criticized the film for "evangelophobia" and trading in "propaganda", likening the film to the 2006 film Jesus Camp.


God Loves Uganda has won the following awards:

  • Full Frame Inspiration Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Dallas International Film Festival
  • Best Feature Length Documentary at the Ashland Independent Film Festival
  • Audience Award Documentary at the Mountain Film Festival
  • Best Overall Documentary at the DocuWest Film Festival
  • Sheffield Youth Jury Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Grand Jury Pink Peach Feature at the Atlanta Film Festival
  • Jury Award for Documentary Feature at the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • References

    God Loves Uganda Wikipedia
    God Loves Uganda IMDb God Loves Uganda