Anti-homosexuality laws and American evangelicals in Uganda

Feb 6, 2014

Children demonstrate against homosexuality in Uganda's capital city Kampala, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.
Credit Stephen Wandera / Associated Press

On Dec. 20, Uganda’s parliament passed a bill that imposes harsh punishments for homosexual acts in the country. The bill makes it a crime to promote same-sex relationships and allows some acts to be punishable by life in prison. An earlier version included the death penalty in some instances. 

The film God Loves Uganda follows a group of missionaries from the Kansas City-based International House of Prayer as they proselytize in the east African nation. Through candid interviews with individual members and prominent Christian leaders, the film spotlights the level of influence such groups have in the country.

Global Journalist spoke to the film’s Academy Award-winning director, Roger Ross Williams, along with freelance journalist Patience Akumu, who’s based in Kampala.

Roger Ross Williams describes Uganda's anti-homosexuality law

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