4:45 pm - 01/18/2013

"God Loves Uganda" participating to the Sundance Festival

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.

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devetu 18th-Jan-2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
christians are so gross.
jackiemust_die 18th-Jan-2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
my in laws are southerners and christian. :/
the other night i had to remind my mother-in-law that a few decades ago her son and i wouldn't have been allowed to marry because interracial marriage was illegal. i love her to bits but she's ridiculous sometimes and forgets that i'm not white and forgets herself around me and my bbs
wauwy 18th-Jan-2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
in before this comment needs to be expanded because of all the replies
piratesswoop 18th-Jan-2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
lmao mte
devetu 18th-Jan-2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
therearewords 18th-Jan-2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
You're so elitist.

and powerful, immediately giving errors when I want to edit something.

Edited at 2013-01-18 04:40 pm (UTC)
daisyissosilly 18th-Jan-2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
*people are so gross
ninjacandy 18th-Jan-2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
but you can't slam their marketing campaign~
preflyer 18th-Jan-2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
fred2265 18th-Jan-2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
invisible_cunt 18th-Jan-2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
there are gross people in all religions

except buddhism and hinduism.
eden 18th-Jan-2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
Imperialism is grosser.

Edited at 2013-01-18 06:57 pm (UTC)
zoaster_toaster 18th-Jan-2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
Color me interested in this.
gbeastly 18th-Jan-2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
This sounds really interesting, as well as horribly scary and sad.
jackiemust_die 18th-Jan-2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
This sounds good and sounds like something that would make me ugly cry
eyduh 18th-Jan-2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
As an American influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support

This is disgusting. This is why I don't want to be part of any religion.
superdogbiter 18th-Jan-2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
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what the fuck kind of year do these douchebags think we live in
jackiemust_die 18th-Jan-2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
i honestly had no idea that it was an american influenced bill when i signed the petition against it. :/
makes me feel awful tbh
eyduh 18th-Jan-2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
makes me never want to go back to america. :/ Europe has its cray moments, but it's a lot more secular and i'd much rather stay here then
wauwy 18th-Jan-2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
I can't fathom being part of an organized religion, but tbh even if religion didn't exist, humans would find an excuse to be shit like this to each other. In fact, a lot of beliefs were created to give them an excuse.

It's a chicken-or-the-egg thing. (Even though the answer to that is "the mutated dinosaur egg," but let's pretend we don't know that)
superdogbiter 18th-Jan-2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
this reminds me of the documentary where parents forcibly send their kids to a religious work camp because they believe they are going to hell
punishermax 18th-Jan-2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Jesus Camp.
superdogbiter 18th-Jan-2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
nope it's not jesus camp
these kids are much older and the camp counslers basically with permission from the parents get kidnapped and taken to that work camp
manubibi 18th-Jan-2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
thesilverymoon 18th-Jan-2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Kidnapped for Christ you mean?
manubibi 18th-Jan-2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
I wish christians like me (I don't associate with the Church or any of the bigots though) would understand what our religion really is about, so I thought this needs to be seen from as many people as possible. Share it please!
ninjacandy 18th-Jan-2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Dear Lord, can Saint Christopher give me the strength of Saint Nicholas?

manubibi 18th-Jan-2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
fakevoices 18th-Jan-2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
ughh the same thing is happening in nigeria. i wish the politicians and religious leaders would focus their attention on something else
wauwy 18th-Jan-2013 04:01 pm (UTC)



wauwy 18th-Jan-2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
If there is proselytizing involved, they shall get the fuck out. End of.
eyduh 18th-Jan-2013 04:11 pm (UTC)

can people just send help to third world countries WITHOUT religion attached?
rolt_me 18th-Jan-2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
lol evangelism in general.
classiqfemme 18th-Jan-2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
There's nothing worse than sitting next to a bunch of missionaries on a plane. They're always so fucking rude to the flight attendants and wanting to talk about the "work" they do. Meanwhile my atheist ass is just sitting there like 'Oh, so you pass out English-language bibles to people who can't read and sing songs of praise at them while eating their food and calling it "cultural immersion". Well fucking done to you.'
...but I'll watch this movie.
eyduh 18th-Jan-2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
high-five atheist sista/brotha
mhfromnh 18th-Jan-2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
my sister went to Jamaica and was stuck behind a bunch of high-school missionary kids and said it was torture. they were fucking idiots
ninjacandy 18th-Jan-2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
They usually teach someone to be literate in English~
gabrieldreams 18th-Jan-2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
Well they were hardly going to build schools and stuff without getting anything in return were they? They gotta spread their influence and way of life, get people on pews and donating to the Church.

I mean they weren't going out of the goodness of their hearts, expecting nothing back but the gratitude of the people they helped and the knowledge that they're improving lives.

That is not what Jesus taught them. Jesus taught them to evangelise and ostracise.

(I don't actually know anything about Christianity, apart from what the stoned Mormon missionaries told me this morning. Poor bastards were trying to claim souls in the snow, gave them a biscuit each and told them I was solid in my atheism)

Edited at 2013-01-18 04:20 pm (UTC)
mynamehere07 18th-Jan-2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
Money for the church is a big motivator, but most of the Christian missionaries believe they are doing God's will. They want to bring "civility" to who they think are a bunch of "godless savages."
ninjacandy 18th-Jan-2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
Given that the money is [shifting] now in to Asia, Latin America and Africa - the future is brown - makes sense to set up more shops over there. Can't hate on a good plan; long as it doesn't involve tree cutting coughCHARLEMAGNEcough.
theblackwidow 18th-Jan-2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
Mormon missionaries were stoned?
gabrieldreams 18th-Jan-2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
The residential they live in are pretty well known for drugs, one of them smelt fairly strongly of weed, they both seemed a bit off kilter, and their co-ordinators no saint, he's always down the pub and he never gets reported.

So maybe. It wouldn't surprise me.
piratesswoop 18th-Jan-2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
i hate missionaries

fuck people who go on mission trips to feel better as a person about spreading the word of ~god~ while doing absolutely nothing to actually help the people they're preaching to
mhfromnh 18th-Jan-2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
I fucking hate missionaries. they destroy cultures.
chasethesun 18th-Jan-2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
I remember my religion teacher in Catholic school showing us a documentary about the church's impact on the spread of AID's in sub-Saharan Africa. Missionaries handing out leaflets detailing all the ways condoms didn't work (they're porous, they always break), preaching abstinence etc. It was horrific. Our school had Trocaire collections every week (it was the official school charity)and she wanted to let us know what kind of organisation our money was going to. We used to have competitions to see who could raise the most money every year and for what? To help a 'charity' lie to people who didn't have access to the proper information. I still feel sick about it.
And people wonder why I dislike religion.

Edited at 2013-01-18 04:48 pm (UTC)
ninjacandy 18th-Jan-2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
tbqh, people totally overestimate the influence of the catholic church in africa. they aren't to blame (surprisingly) - though the western media isn't going to let you know that.

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