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Political and social experiments from governments have major ramifications on the lives of millions of people across the world. Many of these stories go untold ? yet documentaries are a window into the cultures and lives affected by these kinds of interventions.

From the recent homophobic policies instituted and then ruled unconstitutional by the courts in Uganda, to some of the unforeseen affects of China?s one child policy,

AfriDocs is proud to present documentaries that explore the real stories and people behind the headlines. Theatrical quality documentaries from Africa and beyond make for unique and riveting TV viewing, every?Tuesday?across Sub-Saharan Africa on DSTV ED 190 & GoTV channel 65,?6pm GMT?primetime.

 

23 September

 

God Loves Uganda | Roger Ross Williams | Uganda | 2013 | 90 min

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God Loves Uganda is a moving and poignant film from American Roger Ross Williams, whose personal journey was the motivation behind the film:

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?I grew up in the black church. My father was a religious leader in the community and my sister is a pastor. I went to church every?Sunday?and sang in the choir. But for all that the church gave me, for all that it represented belonging, love and community, it also shut its doors to me as a gay person. That experience left me with the lifelong desire to explore the power of religion to transform lives or destroy them.?

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Uganda recently grabbed the attention for all the wrong reasons when its government instituted an array of extremely brutal legislation aimed at homosexuals. Many wondered where the impetus for this movement had originated ? and the answer might surprise many.

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God Loves Uganda?explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry.

 

The film reveals the conflicting motives of faith and greed, ecstasy and egotism, among Ugandan ministers, American evangelical leaders and the foot soldiers of a theology that sees Uganda as ground zero in a battle for billions of souls.

It offers a portrait of Lou Engle, creator of The Call, a public event that brings tens of thousands of believers together to pray against sexual sin. It provides a rare view of the most powerful evangelical minister in Uganda, who lives in a mansion where he?s served by a white-coated chef. It goes into a Ugandan church where a preacher whips a congregation into mass hysteria with anti-gay rhetoric.

God Loves Uganda?records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world weary Ugandans. It features a heartbreaking interview with gay activist David Kato shortly before he was murdered. It tells the moving story of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, a minister excommunicated, ostracized and literally spat on for being tolerant ? and chronicles his remarkable campaign for peace and healing in Uganda.

The film has won numerous awards including:

 

  • Full Frame Inspiration Award at the?Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the?Dallas International Film Festival
  • Best Feature Length Documentary at the?Ashland Independent Film Festival
  • Audience Award Documentary at the Mountain Film Festival
  • Best Overall Documentary at the DocuWest Film Festival
  • Sheffield Youth Jury Award at the?Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Grand Jury Pink Peach Feature at the?Atlanta Film Festival
  • Jury Award for Documentary?Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

 

30 September

 

Please Vote for Me | Weijun Chen | China | 2007 | 52 min

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Please Vote for Me, the South African produced documentary by Chinese director, Weijun Chen, has won numerous awards including the Sterling Award for Best Feature documentary at the Silverdocs AFI/Discovery Documentary Festival.

 

What does democracy look like in the world?s largest Communist country? Start small, very small. This impossibly charming film features a third grade class in Wuhan province and the intense politicking in the race to become Class Monitor.

Please Vote For Me?captures many elements of life in China today missed by all the magazine cover stories and astounding growth statistics. This story unfolds far from the giant factories, crowded markets, or even picturesque villages. These classrooms are state-of-the-art and the children?s homes look remarkably like middle class urban homes in the West. The film provides a private view of a microcosm of contemporary Chinese culture.

In an elementary school in the city of Wuhan in central China, eight-year old children compete for the position of Class Monitor. Their parents, devoted to their only child, take part and start to influence the results.

Please Vote For Me?is a classic election drama, albeit with 7-year-olds. The three candidates, two boys and a girl, are chosen by the teachers, but they conduct real campaigns and are chosen in a free election. Ironically their goal is to become the student charged with maintaining order and reporting rule violations to the teachers.

Director Weijun Chen travels home with the candidates, each a product of the one-child policy, where over-eager parents coach and cajole their child. They even participate in a little pre-election gift-giving in an effort to manipulate the race so their kid will win. The film shows in the most personal way – systems of government may differ broadly, but human nature not so much.

In addition to being shortlisted for an Oscar, the film has won numerous awards including:

  • Sterling Feature Award, Silverdocs Film Festival, 2007
  • Best Medium Length Documentary, DOCNZ, New Zealand, 2007
  • Best Educational documentary, DOCNZ, 2007
  • Traverse City Film Festival, Founders Award, 2007
  • Nominated Best International Feature, Cinema Eye Awards, 2008
  • Special Jury Prize, Taiwan International Children?s Film Festival, 2008
  • Working Films Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2008
  • Best Documentary Award, Ashland Independent Film Fest, 2008
  • Danish TV-Oscar 2008
  • Shortlisted for the Oscar Academy Awards 2008
  • Best Documentary, Jackson Hole Film Festival, 2008
  • Nominated, Best TV Documentary, One World Media Awards 2008
  • SIYFF Eyes Award (an Audience Award), 10th Seoul International Youth Film Festival, July 2008
  • 1st Prize, Documentary Film, the Adult Jury of the 2008 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival awards
  • 2nd Prize, Documentary Film, the Children’s Jury of the 2008 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
  • Golden Statue,?Roshd International Film Festival, 2008
  • Grierson Award for Most Entertaining Documentary 2008
  • International Emmy, nominated for Best Documentary 2008
  • Bahrain Human Rights International Film Festival, jury award, Golden Bull,

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About AfriDocs

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AfriDocs?is an African broadcast first ? a bold and exciting broadcast stream that sees African and other international documentaries screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa on a weekly basis.

 

AfriDocs?uses the power of satellite and terrestrial television to reach new audiences, to expose the best work in documentary filmmaking, and to get people across the continent discussing common issues.

 

AfriDocs is the first documentary strand across sub-Saharan Africa featuring the best documentaries made in Africa and around the world, brought to you by Steps and the Bertha Foundation.

 

Screened every?Tuesday?night on ED (DStv channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65), the AfriDocs stream is seen in 49 countries by satellite, and terrestrially to an additional 100 cities in 8 countries.

 

AfriDocs?is an initiative of the multi-awarded South African documentary production and distribution company, Steps, in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.

 

For the full programme schedule and synopses of the films, please go to?www.afridocs.net

 

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Weekly. Primetime. Real Stories.

Weekly Broadcast times sub-Saharan Africa:

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Tuesday?evenings

6 p.m.?Greenwich Mean Time (Mauritania to Benin)

7 p.m. West?African Time (Niger to Namibia)

8 p.m.?Central African Time/South Africa Standard Time

9 p.m.?East African Time (Sudan to Tanzania)

 

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