After decades of war, brutality and instability, and with 50% of its population under 15 years old, Uganda has become Ground Zero for American evangelicals. Western churches have identified it as fertile ground in which to plant the values of the Christian Right, in the hope of building up an entire country steeped in their beliefs.
Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams tracks a group of fervent, earnest, young missionaries from Middle America on their religious crusade to the 'Pearl of Africa', but these bright-eyed soul-savers are just the tip of the iceberg.
Along with the message comes the doctrine, along with Western support comes political influence, and with his shocking and ambitious film Williams pulls no punches in revealing the impact of this dogma across Ugandan society.
With a bill in progress that makes homosexuality punishable by death, and an AIDS policy based on preaching abstinence, God Loves Uganda is as timely as it is provocative.
This post-screening panel discussion features:
Jennifer Robinson (chair) - A human rights lawyer and Director of Legal Advocacy at Bertha Philanthropies
David Cecil - Producer of Ugandan play The River and the Mountain, for which he was briefly jailed in Uganda
Jonathan Cooper - Human rights barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and head of the Human Dignity Trust
Prossy Kakooza - LGBT asylum seekers and refugees human rights campaigner
"Startling ... strong, head-shaking stuff" - Variety
"Williams is to be commended not only for his filmmaking skill, but also for pulling back the curtain on a most disturbing situation" - The Hollywood Reporter
WINNER: Sheffield Youth Jury Award, Sheffield Doc Fest 2013
WINNER: Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, 2013 Dallas International Film festival
WINNER: Full Frame Inspiration Award 2013
WINNER: Best Feature Length Documentary, Ashland Independent Film Festival 2013