Director: Werner Herzog
Running Time: 35 minutes
4 True stories.
5 People dead.
2 Animals dead.
2 People disabled.
Many more lives ruined.
Never text and drive. Please watch this powerful film and send it to your friends.
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Running Time: 83 Minutes
God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda.
The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the 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 ground zero in a battle for billions of souls.
Through 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 offers a portrait of Lou Engle, creator of The Call, a public event that 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.
God Loves Uganda records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world weary Ugandans. It features a heart-breaking 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 chronicles his remarkable campaign for peace and healing in Uganda.
Shocking, horrifying, touching and enlightening, God Loves Uganda will make you question everything you thought you knew about religion.
Trailer (video link)
UK Screening Information
Venue: The DocHouse (ICA), The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH.
Time: 6:30 pm
Remarkably, yesterday (28th April 2013) marked 500 days since the fight for reason lost its most prized asset – Christopher Hitchens.
In what was almost one of life’s beautiful coincidences, the premiere of the film ‘The Unbelievers’ showcases tonight in Toronto, Canada. It is a project starring evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and physicist Lawrence Krauss. There would surely have been a prominent role for Christopher Hitchens if he was still with us.
To honour both occasions then, I thought it appropriate to upload this beautiful tribute paid to Christopher by Lawrence Krauss:
“Knowledge is not to be gained for comforting our souls, but for enhancing the awareness of being alive…”
‘The Unbelievers’ follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak about the importance of science and reason in the modern world – encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues.
Also starring: Cameron Diaz, Ricky Gervais, Adam Savage, Penn Jillette, Woody Allen, Eddie Izzard, Sam Harris, Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, Ian McEwan and Stephen Hawking.
Release Date: The World Premier is on 29th April in Toronto, Canada.
Watch the trailer below (1 min 47 secs)