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Overview

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives.

Synopsis

In an unmarked office at the end of a dirt track, veteran activist David Kato labors to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or “kuchus.” But David’s formidable task just became much more difficult. A new “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” proposes death for HIV-positive gay men, and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. Inspired by American evangelicals who have christened Uganda ground zero in their war on the “homosexual agenda,” the bill awaits debate in Uganda’s Parliament. Meanwhile, local newspapers have begun outing kuchus with vicious fervor under headlines such as: “HOMO TERROR! We Name and Shame Top Gays in the City.”

David, Uganda’s first openly gay man, is one of the few who dare to publicly protest state-sanctioned homophobia. Working with an idiosyncratic clan of fellow activists, David fights Uganda’s government and tabloids in the courts, on television, and at the United Nations. Because, he insists, “if we keep on hiding, they will say we’re not here.”

Reviews (8)

  • "The film-makers have turned what could have been a detached news report into a moving human tragedy" 4The Guardian
  • "Call Me Kuchu leaves you flabbergasted" 4The Times
  • "Harrowing and brave documentary" 4Little White Lies
  • "A timely, gut-wrenching but ultimately hopeful work" 4Total Film
  • "As angry and unflinching a piece of documentary filmmaking as you'll see this year" 4Empire Magazine
  • "Shocking, moving, enthralling and enraging " 4Time Out
  • "A terrifying wake-up call for anyone with even a passing interest in basic human rights" 4The Irish Times
  • "The resolution of Kato and his activists to risk their lives for a better world eclipses all of the grim realities" 4The Daily Express

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Call Me Kuchu is out on DVD

February 25th, 2013

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Call Me Kuchu wins Cinema for Peace award

February 20th, 2013

The film is honoured, but the bill is back on the Ugandan parliaments agenda...

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February 6th, 2013

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