The Preach Pit

The story of how evangelical Americans sparked a venomous wave of fundamentalist religious thought and anti-gay sentiment and legislation in Uganda is one of this country’s sorrier chapters. And it was especially poignant for film director Roger Ross Williams, who is not only gay, but was raised in the black church — then shunned by his own religious community. During travels to Africa while filming an-other project, Williams began to focus on what was going on in Uganda, and learned that the nation is the top destination in Africa for American evangelical missionaries. That was the beginning of what was to become God Loves Uganda, an eye-opening exposé that’s become a possible Oscar contender.

Williams followed an evangelical group from the International House of Prayer to Uganda and interviewed fundamentalist leaders on both continents, observing with a hidden camera and his conscience; the result is an incisive indictment of the misused power of religion. “I thought about following the activists — brave and admirable men and women — who were fighting against these policies,” he says in a director’s statement. “But I was more curious about the people who, in effect, wanted to kill me.”

God Loves Uganda shows tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, as part of the ongoing Cinema Q se-ries; tickets range from $7 to $10. For information, go to denverfilm.org/filmcenter or call 720-381-0813.
Tue., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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