Distributor Variance Films has acquired director Roger Ross Williams’ documentary God Loves Uganda (pictured) and will release it theatrically in North America this fall.
The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, will begin a limited run in New York City on October 11 and expand to cinemas across the U.S. and Canada throughout the fall and early 2014.
God Loves Uganda examines the financial connections between American evangelical churches and politicians in the African country of Uganda advocating sexual immorality laws, including a controversial bill that would make homosexuality punishable by death.
“I believe there is a direct connection between the far-right elements of the religious community in America and the passage of dangerous anti-gay legislation in places like Uganda and Russia, and I believe Roger’s film expertly connects the dots between the two,” said Dylan Marchetti, president and founder of Variance Films, in a statement.
“This is one of the most important films we’ve ever released, and my hope is that God Loves Uganda will not only inspire discussion in the theater lobby, but lead to direct action when people get home.”
The doc was a coproduction between Full Credit Productions, Motto Pictures and the Independent Television Service (ITVS).
Read realscreen‘s interview with Williams about the making of the film here.