Originally appeared on NUFEC.com, 10/11/2013.
“I love Uganda, it’s a very loving country, caring country, but
something frightening is happening that has potential to destroy Uganda.
And it is coming from the outside.”
This narration is actually over images of nature and playing
children. My initial reaction was, “uh oh,” am I running into another
disappointing lecture, with condescending bias and little hope to change
anyone's mind (like recent film Inequality for All)? The answer is no, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams has created a very good film. God Loves Uganda has a perspective, but it’s measured and fair in its representation.
The film is about the American evangelical campaign to bring the
Christian Right’s values to Africa, and especially Uganda. Dr. Scott
Lively leads this campaign. To give you an idea of what kind of person
we’re dealing with, I’d guess that far right American conservatives
would think Dr. Lively is too far right. He actually says in a clip in
the documentary that the homosexuals were behind the Holocaust.
the major force behind the anti-gay legislation in Uganda, which
suggests the death penalty for repeat offenses of homosexuality. Now you
know what level of intolerance and lack of compassion we’re dealing
dissects different views of this issue, looking at the involvement of
American evangelical leaders in Uganda (in the form of leaders and
common missionaries), an exiled African studying the issue from Boston,
an LGBT activist in Uganda who won the 2012 Clinton Global Citizen
Award, and an anti-gay Ugandan pastor.
film quietly but effectively exposes you to these American and Ugandan
leaders as well as those who follow them. While scary and sad to
witness people succeeding at preaching hateful ideas to Ugandans, such
an occurrence is important to be aware of. I greatly appreciate that
Roger Ross Williams doesn’t tell me what to think about the various
scenes portrayed, though he doesn’t have to -- the bone-chilling reality
God Loves Uganda premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.