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A multimedia solo work for the stage written and performed by Ugandan American artist Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, A Missionary Position is a searing response to the rampant homophobia now gripping Uganda. The noted Los Angeles theater artist incorporates raw video footage and still photography—gathered over recent months on the front lines of the African nation’s LGBT movement—and layers this documentary material with his portrayal of riveting figures drawn from in-person interviews. A Missionary Position reveals Uganda's LGBT community as seen through the eyes of a Ugandan government official, a transgender sex worker, a gay priest, and a lesbian activist, and creates a complex investigation of the burgeoning resistance to state-supported oppression.

A Missionary Position is the follow-up to Mwine’s internationally heralded one-man show Biro, about the eponymous HIV-positive Ugandan who illegally entered the United States to seek treatment. Additionally, he has contributed footage to “Call Me Kuchu”, a documenatry film on the life and death of David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man, which won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

“Mwine is wired, vivid and insistent… a strong addition to the margins of the burgeoning documentary theatre genre.” – Timeout London

This performance was generously supported by Scott E. Knox, Attorney at Law, Peter Quinnan, and Mark Boire.

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Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine: A Missionary Position

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