God Loves Uganda

Inspired by his own roots in the African American Baptist church, director Roger Ross Williams delves into the evangelical movement in Uganda.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
May 19, 2014
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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    2014 GLAAD Media Awards-Best Documentary
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2013 Mountainfilm in Telluride-Audience Award
  • filmmaker Roger Ross Williams

    Roger Ross Williams

    Roger Ross Williams directed and produced Music by Prudence, which won the 2010 Academy Award® for documentary short subject and was broadcast on HBO. He is the first African American to win an Oscar® for directing and producing a film, short or feature. Williams began his career producing political satire for Comedy Central and Michael Moore’s Emmy award Show more winning series TV Nation. He went on to work as a broadcast journalist for ABC, NBC, MSNBC and CNN. He has also produced and directed numerous primetime specials for PBS, ABC, CBS, Sundance Channel, and New York Times Television. He has won numerous awards including a NAMIC Vision Award and the National Headliner for Best Human Interest Feature documentary. Williams has received grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund, The Tribeca Documentary Fund, The Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Cinereach, The Eastmond Fund, New York State Council of the Arts and The Fledgling Fund. Currently Williams has several projects in development, including a feature length documentary entitled GOD LOVES UGANDA and a narrative film on the African American Baptist church, called Black Sheep. Mr. Williams divides his time between New York and Amsterdam. Show less

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    Founded Motto Pictures in 2009. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films. Julie is producer of Life, Animated and executive producer of Weiner, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated won the US Documentary Directing Award and was released by The Orchard.  Weiner won the Show more US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was acquired by IFC Films and Showtime.  She is executive producer of 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets and Best of Enemies both of which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and were shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award. Best of Enemies was released by Magnolia Pictures to critical acclaim and 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets won a Special Jury Prize, was released by Participant Media and acquired by HBO for US broadcast. Julie produced Indian Point, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and executive produced The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, both to be theatrically released summer 2016.  She also executive produced The Kill Team and Art and Craft, both released by Oscilloscope and shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award and 1971, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. Julie produced three films that premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival: Gideon’s Army, Manhunt and the Oscar shortlisted God Loves Uganda. She produced The Great Invisible, which won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and was released by RADiUS TWC; We Are The Giant, which premiered at Sundance; A Place at the Table, which was released by Magnolia Pictures, and executive produced the Oscar shortlisted Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner Beware of Mr. Baker. Julie produced Buck, winner of the Sundance Documentary Audience Award, shortlisted for an Academy Award and one of 2011’s top five grossing documentaries. She consulted on the Academy Award-winning The Cove and produced the Oscar shortlisted Sergio. Some of Julie’s earlier films include: Easy Riders Raging Bulls, Cat Dancers, In The Shadow Of The Moon, Better The World, What Remains, Once In A Lifetime and Sketches Of Frank Gehry. Show less

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    The Film

    God Loves Uganda is a journey into the heart of East Africa, where Ugandan pastors and their American counterparts spread God’s word and evangelical values to millions desperate for a better life. Inspired by his own roots in the African American Baptist church, director Roger Ross Williams explores a place where religion and African culture intersect.