On Thursday, Dec. 5, the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary film God Loves Uganda will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Gateway Theatre in the OSU Gateway area. It will be followed by a panel discussion with three OSU colleagues who are specialists in areas relevant to the film:
- Cynthia Burack, Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; author of Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Antigay Politics and the Religious Right, among other works on the Christian Right.
- Ousman Kobo, Associate Professor of History, who writes about African History, including religious history. He will provide some brief historical background on Christianity in East Africa and why the Religious Right considers that area a fertile ground for evangelization.
- Rita Trimble, Ph.D. student in Comparative Studies, who has written about transnational evangelical organizing and the effort to import "natural family" belief throughout the world.
The feature-length documentary God Loves Uganda is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America's Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting "sexual immorality" and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law and, consequently, institute an American-influenced bill that would make homosexuality punishable by death.
God Loves Uganda premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 18, 2013 and has won numerous awards at film festivals so far. http://www.godlovesuganda.com/
Watch the trailer here: http://www.godlovesuganda.com/film/video/
The film will be showing at the Gateway until Dec. 12. But the Dec. 5 showing at 7 p.m. is the only showing that will be followed by a discussion with our OSU colleagues. Please join us for this important event. Keep in mind that in 76 countries being LGBT is a crime, and in 10, it is legal grounds for life imprisonment or execution (https://www.allout.org/en/about).
This event has been organized by the Sexuality Studies Program.