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God Loves Uganda

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Derek Wiesehahn
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A few years ago, the government of Uganda tried to pass a law that would criminalize homosexuality and punish even those who simply know gay people. The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Roger Ross Williams wanted to learn what was behind this draconian proposal, who was driving it. So he went to Uganda. What he learned there led him back to America’s Heartland, from where, he says, Christian Evangelicals have long been working to alter Uganda’s culture and faith. Williams documents this 21st-century crusade in his new film God Loves Uganda, and we're rebroadcasting our conversation with him about it on Friday. (Rebroadcast)

Roger Ross Williams will be in Salt Lake City next week as a guest of the Utah Film Center, which will be screening God Loves Uganda for free on Tuesday, May 28th, at 7 p.m. Williams will participate in a Q&A following the documentary. Visit the Utah Film Center's web site for more details and to see a trailer of the film. 

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Roger Ross Williams directed and produced Music by Prudence, winner of the 2010 Academy Award for documentary short subject. He is the first African American to win an Oscar for directing and producing a film. God Loves Uganda premiered in the U.S. Documentary category at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.