Call Me Kuchu

Close Up Truth To Power
Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall | Countries of production: Uganda, United States | Year: 2012 | Length: 87 min
Language: English | Age: 15+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF12

Uganda has become ground zero in the Evangelical church’s war on the “homosexual agenda.”

Enter David Kato, a veteran activist who’s been working tirelessly to repeal his country’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow LGBTQ+ citizens—called “kuchus”—from persecution. Kato’s mission is intensified when a new anti-homosexuality bill proposing death for HIV-positive gay men is introduced.

Meanwhile, the country’s newspapers are outing kuchus under headlines such as “HOMO TERROR! We Name and Shame Top Gays in the City.” Kato is one of the few to publicly denounce these actions.

This film was supported by the Bertha Film Fund, Bertha / Doc Society Connect Fund.

“The film-makers have turned what could have been a detached news report into a moving human tragedy.”
The Guardian

“A terrifying wake-up call for anyone with even a passing interest in basic human rights.”
The Irish Times

Cinema for Peace Awards 2013, Winner, International Human Rights Award
Berlin International Film Festival 2012, Winner, Best Documentary Film

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