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Call Me Kuchu  {Presented by Cinema Q}

Call Me Kuchu
Presented by Cinema Q

USA, 2012, 87 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: African/Af. Amer, Biographical, Documentary, GLBT, Medical/Health, Political
Programs: Cinema Q, Documentary
Language: English, Luganda English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Producer: Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Editor: Katherine Fairfax Wright
Cinematographer: Katherine Fairfax Wright

A powerful documentary that unfolds like a mystery, Call Me Kuchu covers two years in the life of Uganda’s first openly gay man. Activist David Kato, a quietly dignified teacher, is a “kuchu,” the local slang for LGBT people. He becomes the lightning rod for a legislative effort to outlaw all homosexual acts—a law that would make them punishable by death. Religion plays a central role in the fight. Hate groups are funded by American fundamentalist Christian organizations. The Ugandan church allies with the anti-gay movement, going so far as to rebuke LGBT advocate Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo. A sensationalist newspaper takes up the cause, carelessly outing people, gay and not, putting them at risk for attack, while the frankly homophobic editor claims, with the fervor of a missionary, that he is being directed by God to rid Uganda of homosexuals. When Kato is brutally murdered, his supporters and their fierce opponents square off at his funeral in a heartrending shouting match. Kato’s spirit lives on, as others courageously take up the mantle of his work with the same gentle but firm determination.

Co-directors Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall won the 2012 Teddy Award for best documentary on LGBT issues at the Berlin Film Festival.


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