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Savior Complex on Binge – The three-part documentary series Savior Complex, from Emmy®-winning filmmaker Jackie Jesko, executive produced by Nick Capote, Alex Waterfield, and Academy Award® winner Roger Ross Williams (Love to Love You, Donna Summer, God Loves Uganda), premieres 27 September on BINGE, with all episodes dropping at once.

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 medical qualifications. Detailing Renee’s divisive journey, the series addresses the wider questions around “white saviorism” and the ethics of foreign aid work done in the name of humanitarian and religious ideals.

The series features intimate access to Bach and her mother Lauri Bach, the U.S. Director of SHC, as well as the activists, lawyers, and whistleblowers seeking to hold her accountable. Interview subjects include Olivia Alaso and Kelsey Nielsen, the founders of No White Saviors; Constance Alonyo, SHC’s head nurse; Jackie Kramlich, a SHC volunteer-turned-whistleblower; Dr. Abner Tagoola, Head of Pediatrics at Jinja Hospital; Primah Kwagala, a human rights attorney who led a civil suit against Renee; Kakai Annet and Gimbo Zubeda, the two mothers who sued Renee, claiming their children died at SHC.

Savior Complex, A Latchkey Films Production. Directed and produced by Jackie Jesko; produced by Paul Kabango, Derrick Kibisi; executive produced by Roger Ross Williams, Alex Waterfield, and Nick Capote. For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Sara Rodriguez.

SAVIOR COMPLEX – EPISODE SYNOPSIS:

Episode 1: “God Doesn’t Call the Qualified, He Qualifies the Called”

Debut date: Wednesday, September 27

At 19 years old, Renee Bach felt God’s call to serve as a missionary and moves to Jinja, Uganda to start a charity that addresses childhood malnutrition. She earns the support of local Ugandan officials and foreign donors alike. But when an American nurse comes to volunteer at the charity, she makes a shocking discovery and accuses Renee of treating these medically fragile children herself, with only a high school diploma to her name.  

Episode 2: “Cast the First Stone”

Debut date: Wednesday, September 27

The volunteer nurse makes a formal complaint to Renee’s board about her concerns and resigns as donations to SHC hit an all-time high. While the charity expands and hires more staff, there are rumors that Renee is continuing to practice medicine herself. As a result, a disillusioned former missionary joins forces with a Ugandan activist to make sure the story of Renee’s alleged “deadly white saviorism” is heard around the world.

Episode 3: “Reap What You Sow”

Debut date: Wednesday, September 27

Renee is back in the United States facing a lawsuit brought by a Ugandan human rights attorney on behalf of two bereaved mothers. While she fights against the accusations in the lawsuit, the social media movement against her escalates and Renee must reckon with her choices and questions her faith and desire to serve.

SAVIOR COMPLEX – premieres Wednesday September 27 on BINGE and on FOX Docos at 9.30pm and available On Demand.

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