“God Loves Uganda,” a controversial new documentary, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last week, seeking to expose what the filmmakers say is the dark side of Christian evangelism in African countries.
“The world has never had an up-close look at how anti-gay animus is exported from the United States to places like Uganda,” said Andre Banks, executive director and co-founder of All Out, a gay rights advocacy group. “‘God Loves Uganda’ shows us how the U.S. culture war is being shipped wholesale to Africa, sometimes unknowingly, but always with disastrous consequences. The film should be required viewing.”
The film argues that conservative evangelical Christian churches, aware of the declining trend of belief in America, are spreading out into Africa, where they hope to foster an anti-gay fervor among the increasingly religious African population. A growing number of African countries, like Uganda, have been reporting explosive growths in Christianity, according to the film.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams makes it clear, however, that his documentary does not try to portray all or even most Christians in a negative light. A number of the commentators in the film are African pastors who have seen the anti-gay conservative movement spread around the continent, which they say is a danger to human rights.
Williams, who says grew up in the black church but was later rejected when he came out as gay, focuses on a group of evangelical Christians in Uganda and their evangelism efforts.
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