Sundance review: 'God Loves Uganda'
"God Loves Uganda"
***1/2 (three-and-a-half stars)
Are American evangelicals saving souls in Uganda, or engaged in a "new colonialism" and threatening the lives of gays and lesbians in the African nation? That's the question director Roger Ross Williams poses in this moving, on-the-ground documentary. He takes us inside the missionary training at Kansas City's International House of Prayer, and to Kampala, Uganda, where those Christians proselytize and bankroll local pastors to set up megachurches and lavish personal lifestyles, while lobbying the Ugandan Parliament for a bill that would make homosexuality a crime punishable by death for repeat offenders. Williams also interviews Ugandan clergy who stand against this U.S.-backed campaign and for human rights. The film gives both sides their chance to be heard, while making it quite clear the deadly stakes of the fight.
Sean P. Means
No more screenings are scheduled for "God Loves Uganda."