One of the important persons in our film is Bishop Christopher Senyonjo. We are honored that he’s one of our special guests at the Sundance Film Festival. The 81-year old bishop is an important religious figure and LGBT rights activist in Uganda, calling for an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect in a country where homophobia has been sharply on the rise. The bishop was close friends with David Kato, the Ugandan LGBT activist who was murdered 2 years ago.
In 2010, the Huffington Post named the bishop one of religion’s 10 most influential people of 2010.
In the early 2000’s, as a result of his affiliation with LGBT groups and peoples, Bishop Christopher’s titles were revoked by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda. Despite this condemnation, Senyonjo has continued his work and in 2012 was awarded the Clinton Global Citizen Award, which hailed his “visionary leadership” in the fight for human rights in Uganda.
Still, the bishop and his organization are an insulated phenomenon in Uganda, depending largely on support from outside the country.
During Q&As for the film, many people have asked us how they can help the bishop. If you would like to learn more about Bishop Christopher Senyonjo and his work, please visit his website, Saint Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre. Thank you!