Independent Lens: God Loves Uganda

Independent Lens: God Loves Uganda

Monday, May 19 at 10:00 p.m.

Journey to the heart of East Africa, where Ugandan pastors and their American counterparts spread God’s word and evangelical values to millions.

Inspired by his own African-American Baptist roots, director Roger Ross Williams explores a place where religion and African culture intersect.

One of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year, "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 to eliminate what they deem “sexual sin” and convert Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

The film records the tense atmosphere of fear created when a virulently anti-gay bill wins widespread support. Signed into law in February 2014, the Anti-Homosexuality Act mandates a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for engaging in homosexual activity as well as imprisonment for those who provide aid or counseling to members of the LBGT community.