Savior Complex chronicles the controversial story surrounding Renee Bach, a young American missionary who felt called by God to set up a charity for malnourished children in Jinja, Uganda. But years later, shocking allegations arose that Renee was treating the sick children herself, without any medical qualifications. With extraordinary access to Renee, her accusers, activists, and mothers determined to hold her accountable, the series addresses timely and provocative issues at the intersection of religion, race, and power.
a Latchkey Films Production
Director: Jackie Jesko
Executive Producers: Alex Waterfield, Nick Capote, Roger Ross Williams
Well-made and infuriating…Savior Complex is a remarkably detailed examination of this shocking case
HBO’s new three-part doc…digs into some contentious issues – including colonialism, medical ethics, religious fervor, and the limits of activism – with a flawlessly steady hand.
What Jesko uncovers isn’t the individual malice of a typical true-crime psychopath. It’s something more frightening in its tenacity: the collective, racially charged hubris of well-meaning, white, often evangelical Americans in Africa.