'God Loves Uganda' on TV, DVD today in U.S., Canada

God-Loves-Uganda-on-TVThe award-winning documentary “God Loves Uganda” will be shown nationwide in the United States tonight  on PBS stations as part of the show “Independent Lens.”
The 83-minute documentary  looks at the role played by American missionaries in shaping views on social issues, especially homosexuality, in the East African nation.
IMDB.com describes the 2013  film as “a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right.”  Sundance described it as “masterfully crafted and astonishingly provocative.”
In coordination with today’s showing, the book American Culture Warriors in Africa: A Guide to the Exporters of Homophobia and Sexism by Zambian native the Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma is being published today.
The book has been endorsed by the film’s director, Roger Ross Williams, who said of it: “As people learn more about Americans driving anti-LGBTQ animus and legislation in Uganda and beyond, they ask ‘What can I do to stop this?’ American Culture Warriors in Africa is the perfect companion piece to God Loves Uganda, and should be read by anyone who wants answers to that question.”

American Culture Warriors Book CoverThe book, available for $14.95 plus shipping, includes:

  • Profiles of the American evangelists most responsible for the international assault on LGBTQ people and reproductive justice.
  • An overview of their culture war campaigns in Africa.
  • Guidelines for concrete action we can take here in the U.S. to interrupt the continued export of American culture wars abroad—including a case study in effective local organizing.

Kaoma is featured in several articles published on the Erasing 76 Crimes blog, several of them as the author. (See below.)
The book is also endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who said:

“Each of us has a role in stopping the persecution of sexual minorities across the globe. Kapya Kaoma and Political Research Associates are showing us why it is urgent that we do so–and how and where to begin. I highly recommend American Culture Warriors in Africa, as an excellent starting point for all who are committed to ending oppression and sharing the true message of God’s all-inclusive love.”

“God Loves Uganda” is also being released today on DVD with bonus materials, reportedly including a link to the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation.  The film is also available on Netflix, for rent on iTunes for $1.99, and for purchase from Amazon for $23.

Roger Ross Williams, director of "God Loves Uganda"
Roger Ross Williams, director of “God Loves Uganda”

Since the film was released in 2013, Williams has continued his advocacy for justice for LGBT people in Uganda. He served as grand marshal at last year’s San Francisco’s Pride.
In March, he appeared in Los Angeles with Ugandan activist Clare Byarugaba.  During that appearance, Williams called Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni as “a dictator using the LGBT community as a scapegoat,” whose goal is “to distract the public from the real issues, corruption and survival,” and turn them against “a vulnerable population on which they can take out their frustration.”

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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