Sundance Film Features PRA Researcher

kapya-in-actionTomorrow in Park City, Utah, will be the world debut of God Loves Uganda, a documentary  on the U.S. Christian Right spreading homophobia abroad that builds on Political Research Associates’ research.

PRA religion and sexuality researcher Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma is a prominent expert voice in the film. He is the author of two PRA investigative reports on Africa, our 2012 Colonizing African Values and 2009 Globalizing the Culture Wars, which exposed Scott Lively and Rick Warren’s role in the creation of Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill.

Rev. Kaoma will be attending the week of Sundance screenings along with Director Roger Ross Williams and Bishop Christopher Senyonjo.

From the festival website:

A battle rages in East Africa, where crosses replace guns and shouts of prayer roar louder than missiles. American evangelical Christians have chosen Uganda, with Africa’s youngest and most vulnerable population, as their ground zero in a battle for the soul of a continent. American missionaries and religious leaders are working with African pastors in a radical campaign to eradicate sin through the most extreme measures. The stakes are nothing less than life and death.

Rev. Kaoma will also share his experiences as a social justice researcher and Episcopal priest on Sunday’s “Taking a Stand” panel with changemakers from two other documentaries.

Visit the documentary’s website for more information, and look out for continuing PRA research on the exportation of antigay ideology to Africa and Latin America. Faith leaders are particularly encouraged to request to host a film screening.

If you agree this is important work, consider a donation to PRA to help us continue investigating the U.S. right-wing exporting homophobia abroad.

Update 1/19/13: Watch the newly released trailer–including Rev. Kaoma’s narrative commentary.