Grants & Awards
God Loves Uganda
Date Awarded: Summer 2011 & 2012
Directors(s): Roger Ross Williams
Producer(s): Julie Goldman
Company Credit: Full Credit Productions
Location: Uganda, USA
Film Status: Completed
URL: » God Loves Uganda website
About the Film:
God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry. The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the radical task of eliminating “sexual sin” and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.
As an American influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support, tension in Uganda mounts and an atmosphere of murderous hatred takes hold. The film reveals the conflicting motives of faith and greed, ecstasy and egotism, among Ugandan ministers, American evangelical leaders and the foot soldiers of a theology that sees Uganda as a test case, ground zero in a battle not for millions, but billions of souls.
Through verite, interviews, and hidden camera footage – and with unprecedented access – God Loves Uganda takes viewers inside the evangelical movement in both the US and Uganda. It features Lou Engle, the creator of The Call which brings tens of thousands of believers together to pray against sexual sin. It provides a rare view of the most powerful evangelical minister in Uganda, who lives in a mansion where he’s served by a white-coated chef. It goes into a Ugandan church where a preacher whips a congregation into mass hysteria with anti-gay rhetoric. It records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world weary Ugandans. It features a heartbreaking interview with gay activist David Kato shortly before he was murdered. It tells the moving story of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, a minister excommunicated, ostracized and literally spat on for being tolerant and his remarkable campaign for peace and healing in Uganda. Shocking, horrifying, touching and enlightening, God Loves Uganda will make you question what you thought you knew about religion.
About the Filmmakers:
Roger Ross Williams (Director & Producer) produced and directed Music by Prudence, winner of the 2010 Academy Award® for documentary short subject. He is the first African American director to win an Oscar® for directing and producing a film, short or feature. Music by Prudence has had significant impact, gaining the attention of political leaders and disability rights advocates worldwide. In his television career, Williams produced political satire for Comedy Central and Michael Moore´s TV Nation as well as broadcast journalism for ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, the Sundance Channel, and New York Times Television.
Julie Goldman (Producer), founder Motto Pictures, was nominated for the PGA Producer of the Year Award for Sergio (shortlisted for an Oscar) and was a consultant on the Academy Award-winning The Cove and Matt Tyrnauer’s acclaimed Valentino The Last Emperor. She was Executive Producer of Sundance Audience Award winner In the Shadow of the Moon and recently completed Buck, which won the 2011 Sundance US Documentary Audience Award.
Festival & Award Highlights:
Sundance 2013 – World Premiere
Cleveland International Film Festival 2013
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2013