Variance Films has announced that Roger Ross Williams’ "God Loves Uganda" will be released theatrically in New York City on Oct. 11, before expanding to theaters across the U.S. and Canada throughout the fall and into early 2014.
In "God Loves Uganda," Oscar-winning filmmaker Williams ("Music by Prudence") explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that peddle them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them aren’t coming from Africa; they’re being imported from some of America’s largest megachurches. Using vérité, interviews and hidden camera footage, the film allows American religious leaders and their young missionaries that make up the “front lines in a battle for billions of souls” to explain their positions in their own words.
“It’s been a three year journey, and I am beyond excited to be teaming with Variance Films to bring 'God Loves Uganda' to the big screen,” said Williams, who produced the film with Julie Goldman of Motto Pictures.
“We are thrilled to partner with Variance Films so that 'God Loves Uganda' can reach audiences across North America,” said Goldman. “Since its Sundance Film Festival premiere, 'God Loves Uganda' has screened at festivals and events around the world and the response has been extraordinary. Audiences are moved by the storytelling and outraged at what the film exposes. We look forward to the theatrical release to spark a dialogue around these important and timely issues.”
“Even as our LGBTI brothers and sisters rack up hard-fought victories here at home, something scary is happening overseas. I believe there is a direct connection between the far-right elements of the religious community in America and the passage of dangerous anti-gay legislation in places like Uganda and Russia… and I believe Roger’s film expertly connects the dots between the two,” said Dylan Marchetti, president and founder of Variance Films. “I think this is one of the most important films we’ve ever released, and my hope is that 'God Loves Uganda' will not only inspire discussion in the theater lobby, but lead to direct action when people get home.”
"God Loves Uganda" is a co-production of Full Credit Productions, Motto Pictures, and the Independent Television Service.