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God Loves Uganda

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With God Loves Uganda, 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. 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. Shocking and enlightening, touching and horrifying, God Loves Uganda will leave you questioning just how closely this brand of Christianity resembles the one you think you know.

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"Startling...Strong, head-shaking stuff." --Variety

"Williams is to be commended not only for his filmmaking skill, but also for pulling back the curtain on a most disturbing situation." --The Hollywood Reporter

"A searing look at the role of American evangelical missionaries in the persecution of gay Africans." --Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times

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  • Actors: Rev. Kapya Kaoma, Lou Engle, Pastor Robert Kayanja, Rev. Jo Anna Watson, Jono Hall
  • Directors: Roger Ross Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2014
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IJHG7EY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Eye opening horrible situation. Excellent film with a subject matter I had not seen before. Any negative reviews you see are probably from people guilty of the despicable behaviors covered in the film. I thank the filmmakers for exposing the IHOPs and other like minded idiots of the world (not pancakes....see the film).
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This film is focused primarily upon the preaching of missionaries and passage of the 2014 Uganda law which can punish gay people with life in prison. I'm an atheist transgender woman, married to another woman, and I sponsor a child in Uganda through a catholic charity, so the issues this film addresses are very important to me. Because of the present laws, I am unable to see my little girl.

So I appreciate the spotlight the movie puts on this important issue. However, the film is light on facts, and narrowly focused. Little is said about how much money evangelicals provide Uganda (I don't know myself). Moreover, the film fails to provide a larger context for Uganda's overall situation. Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world with an extremely corrupt government, which dramatically restricts what NGOs can do in the area. Violent suppression of dissent is common. Torture is rampant.

Focusing primarily on U.S. missionaries without looking at the backdrop they are acting in, therefore, seems to a picture that is very lacking in perspective. I don't think the solution to homophobia in Uganda lies in condemning the religious right in this nation. Rather, an examination of the context in which the right operates would be more likely to generate change.

Notably, the documentary does not have a single message of something the viewers can do to help if they choose. The film provides no contrary vision of relief efforts from the West that could help Uganda's LBGT community.

I still give it four stars though because I'm happy with any film that at least shines a bit of a spotlight on what is going on in Uganda.
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Well made documentary on the role of certain US based groups spreading bigotry in Uganda. I saw this in the theater and its going to stay with me for a long time. Its funny how bigots never or rarely recognize themselves as bigots.
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"God Loves Uganda" it's an important documentary that shows from the inside, how sick "religious leaders" in America like Scott Lively and Lou Engle, use the Bible to spread their own agenda of hate and bigotry to miserable countries looking for a handout in exchange for hate laws against gay people. It's pitiful and sad to see brain washed young Americans selling these con men visions to the poor. But on the bright side, despite of millions they spent in US trying to prevent gay rights, they lost and now, all they can do, is to move to Africa and indoctrinate the people of the great nation of Uganda. Good riddance!
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I am a Christian myself and my faith dictates that homosexuality is an abomination. But I pray a lot for their conversion (and I mean all of them), since I have vested interests in this cause: there are various persons whom I love dearly that are gay. So it's not hard to understand why I find this film to be VERY DISTURBING. These people's way of preaching comes across as a very dangerous homophobia, since it breeds a violent hatred against homosexuals, so much so that the Ugandans that take to heart what they're preaching believe that it is perfectly okay to kill them! These religious people seem to have forgotten, or conveniently overlooked, the fact that God LOVES sinners but HATES sin. This is what Christ's death on the cross is all about: to rescue us sinners from sin, to give us the precious opportunity to start all over, to experience His love and mercy, which defies all human logic and myopic conception of love.
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The so-called "culture wars" are rapidly being lost by the conservative right in the United States, thanks to the rapid advance of same-sex marriage and some pesky concepts such as "Separation of Church and State" and the US Constitution. Undaunted by these setbacks, many in the mega-churches are turning their attention outward to the developing world, in particular to Africa. It is there that right-wing conservative Christians hope to equal the playing field and repel the onslaught of homosexuality, which they view as an abomination before God.

In Uganda, the eventual overthrow of Idi Amin has left a void that American evangelists view as a unique opportunity. This is the focus of the fascinating documentary, God Loves Uganda.

The country of Uganda is overwhelmingly Christian. The International House of Prayer (IHOP), a cult-like megachurch based in Kansas City, MO, has been actively sending hundreds of wide-eyed young white missionaries to Uganda to spread the word of Jesus' love. Armed with millions of dollars in donated funds, IHOP Ministries has been building schools, churches and pouring much needed assistance into the Uganda culture. Nice of them, I suppose, but for many American Christian fundamentalists, it's more about politics than preaching. Although he is loath to admit it, IHOP's charismatic manager, Lou Engle, clearly delights in finally gaining the upper hand in his battle against the gays, in Uganda if not in his home country. As a direct result of the "success" that IHOP has enjoyed in Uganda, American evangelist Scott Lively was allowed to address Uganda's Parliament for six hours, spreading lies, misinformation, half-truths and hatred against Uganda's LGBT populace.
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