Call Me Kuchu

“Whether you are familiar with Kato’s story or hearing it for the first time, you will find this a shattering and inspiring testament.” — Los Angeles Film Festival

Year: 2012
Country: USA
Running time: 87 mins

Producer: Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Photography/Editor: Katherine Fairfax Wright
Music: Jon Mandabach
In English and Luganda, with English subtitles
Blu-ray

With: David Kato Kisule, Naome Ruzindana, Stosh Mugisha, Giles Muhame, John ‘Longjones’ Abdallah Wambere, Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, Frank Mugisha

Festivals: Berlin 2012

Teddy Award, Best Documentary, Berlin Film Festival 2012

Meet the very brave and inspiring LGBT-rights activists in Uganda who are fighting a tide of homophobia driven by imported evangelism, political opportunism and tabloid scandal. At the heart of this vital documentary is veteran activist David Kato. Uganda’s first openly gay man, David is something of a godfather to the kuchus, as the Ugandan LGBT community call themselves. The film follows David’s opposition to draconian new anti-homosexuality laws, which propose the death penalty for HIV-positive gay men, and his court battle with a sleazy tabloid newspaper which specialises in outing kuchus with lurid headlines like “Homo Terror!”. — MM.

“During our first days in Kampala, a member of parliament told us, ‘there is no longer a debate in Uganda as to whether homosexuality is right or not – it is not’… But David showed us a different reality… Kampala’s kuchus had begun to dismantle the country’s discriminatory status quo, and were working tirelessly to change their fate and that of others across Africa.” — Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall.

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