God Loves Uganda

God Loves Uganda

Streaming Video - 2014
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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 vřit,̌ 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.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: streaming video file (1 video file (ca. 83 min.)) : sd., col

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OPLRalphT Jul 08, 2014

This film, which premiered locally at the Kansas International Film Festival, focuses on the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

From the KIFF program, "Directed by Academy Award-winner Roger Ross Williams, GOD LOVES UGANDA documents, powerfully, the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with the values of America's Christian Right. Calling upon a Kansas City, Missouri-based sect, called International House of Prayer [I-HOP - not to be confused with The International House of Pancakes] the campaign's focus is specific to the criminalization of homosexuality. What emerges is a self-appointed American and Ugandan union, fighting their notion of immorality and sending missionaries to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law."

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