God Loves Uganda is a feature-length documentary about the influence of U.S.-based evangelical Christian missionaries who whip up anti-gay fervor in Africa. Uganda’s parliament is still considering a proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that, even though the death penalty has been removed from it, would be one of the most punitive anti-gay measures in the world. The ties that God Loves Uganda shows between religious extremists in the USA and the virulent homophobia in Uganda is eery and disturbing. Director Roger Ross Williams visited Out in the Bay to discuss his filmmaking journeys to Africa and Missouri to make this documentary, and played film clips too. (Broadcast live Oct. 31, 2013 – Eric Jansen hosts.)
God Loves Uganda premiered at Sundance this year and has played at several other film festivals. It plays starting Nov. 1 in San Francisco’s Roxie Theater and at The Elmwood in Berkeley. Roger Ross Williams is the first African American to win an Oscar for directing and producing a film – his 2010 short documentary Music by Prudence. He’s won numerous other awards for cable and television non-fiction programming.
Danny’s life as a singer and local gay activist in Uganda was violently interrupted after he disclosed his homosexuality – a criminal offense in Uganda – on national radio. After being kidnapped, tortured, beaten and dumped on a roadside by Ugandan security forces, he knew he had to flee his home country and the persecution he faced there – persecution brought to Uganda in large part by a group of secretive, politically-connected Washington, DC-based conservative extremists called “The Family.” With the help of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration (ORAM) and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay, Danny has successfully resettled in the Bay Area where he finally feels safe and free. Tune in to hear Avi Rose of JFCS/East Bay, Neil Grungras of ORAM, and Danny Dyson tell his harrowing story and how they are trying to help LGBTI people in countries around the world where homosexuality brings severe penalties. 7pm PST Thursday, 1/17/13 on 91. 7 FM Bay Area & kalw.org worldwide; then hear it here whenever you want!
A detailed debrief from journalist Edwin Okong’o about the fragile state of LGBT civil rights in Uganda and other African countries. The human rights spotlight has been focused on this region since 2009, when legislation was introduced in Uganda to punish homosexuality by death. As a Kenyan-American journalist and co-host of KALW’s “Africa Mix” music program, Okong’o also has a bead on the issue within the Bay Area African communities. He is also a UC Berkeley educator and a stand-up comedian and satirist with a blog on HuffPo.com. Marilyn Pittman hosts. (Aired live Thursday, 1/3/13)