Oscar-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams’s documentary God Loves Uganda will screen as part of Reel Causes’s monthly salon of socially conscious films in partnership with The Shanti Uganda Society and the Rainbow Refugee Committee.
God Loves Uganda is Williams’s exploration of the role the American evangelical movement played in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. 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 the American-influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support, tension in Uganda mounts and an atmosphere of murderous hatred takes hold.
Reel Causes, whose goal is to work for positive social change through the power of cinema, provides filmgoers with monthly opportunities to learn about and support the work of local and national charities that address social justice, environmental and health-related issues.
This month the evening highlights the work of The Shanti Uganda Society, created to support the well being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, and the Rainbow Refugee Committee, a group that supports and advocates with people seeking refugee protection because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.
God Loves Uganda will screen at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (149 West Hastings St) on Tuesday, April 15. Tickets are available in advance online or at the door. A panel discussion will follow the screening.