'God Loves Uganda' tracks US evangelists' anti-gay fervor to Africa
God Loves Uganda is a new feature-length documentary about the influence of U.S.-based evangelical Christian missionaries who have been whipping up anti-gay religious fervor in Uganda for many years. Uganda’s parliament is still considering a proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that, even though the death penalty has been removed from it, would still be one of the most punitive anti-gay measures in the world. The link that God Loves Uganda shows between religious extremists in this country and the virulent homophobia in Uganda is chilling and creepy. Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams visited KALW studios to play film clips and talk about his journeys to Africa and Missouri to make this documentary with Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen. (Broadcast Oct. 31, 2013)
God Loves Uganda premiered at Sundance this year and has played at several other film festivals. It opened Nov. 1 in San Francisco's Roxie Theater and at The Elmwood in Berkeley. Roger Ross Williams is the first African American to win an Oscar for directing and producing a film – his 2010 short documentary Music by Prudence. He’s won numerous other awards for non-fiction programming for cable and television networks.