Directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright + Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Not Rated | 87 min. | 2012 | USA/Uganda
Presented in English and Luganda with English Subtitles
Uganda, a country where over 40 per cent of its citizens are Roman Catholic, has become ground zero in an American evangelical 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 gay and transgendered 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, insisting, “If we keep on hiding, they will say we are not here.” Call Me Kuchu documents the courageous efforts of Kato and his team to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The result is both a hard-won victory and a devastating loss for the international gay community.
Winner: Best International Feature – 2012 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Winner: Teddy Award, Best Documentary – 2012 Berlin International Film Festival; Winner: Cinema Fairbindet – 2012 Berlin International Film Festival