A new documentary that premiered last week at Sundance traces the connections between American evangelical leaders and a slew of efforts in African countries to pass laws to punish homosexuality with prison or even a death sentence.
According to director Roger Ross Williams, ‘God Loves Uganda,’ began as an effort to explore the plight of African gays to fight the efforts to pass these anti-gay laws, but soon morphed into something else:
“I thought about following the activists-brave and admirable men and women-who were fighting against these policies. But I was more curious about the people who, in effect, wanted to kill me. (According to the provisions of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, I could be put to death or imprisoned.) Notably, almost every evangelical I met – American or Ugandan – was polite, agreeable, even charming. Yet I knew that if the bill passed, there would be blood on the streets of Kampala.”
Watch the video above for more on this fascinating film.