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Uganda, a country where nearly half of the 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—know locally as “kuchus”—from persecution. Kato’s mission is intensified when a new anti-homosexuality bill proposing death for HIV-positive gay men is introduced. Call Me Kuchu documents the courageous efforts of Kato and his team to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.


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Running Time: 87/58 min.
Subject(s): Gender, LGBT, Sexuality, Society
Language(s): English
Subtitles: English
Director(s):
Producer(s): MALIKA ZOUHALI-WORRALL

Press

  • A scary but inspiring film with real heroes and villains.
    - Stephen Holden, The New York Times (Critics’ Pick)
  • Chilling… Hits like a series of shock waves.
    - Betsy Sharkey, The LA Times
  • Harrowing and inspirational
    - Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Horrific and uplifting, [an] excellent documentary
    – Ella Taylor, National Public Radio
  • Heart-wrenching and inspiring
    - LA Weekly
  • What makes Kuchu work as taut agitprop, and ultimately to devastating emotional effect, is that Wright and Zouhali-Worrall allow the enormity of the film’s political concerns to be telegraphed through the stories, experiences, and astute analysis of ordinary queer folk and their hetero allies
    – Ernest Hardy, The Village Voice
  • Even the shock of [certain events in the film] cannot eclipse the inspirational power of this portrait of a courageous LGBT community partying, organizing, laughing and weeping as it fights for its life.
    – NOW Magazine
  • A gripping account of unbelievably bold LGBTI activists in Uganda… An in-depth journey filled with paradox and hypocrisy, with uplifting moments and eye-opening surprises.
    - Filmmaker Magazine
  • A terrifying wake-up call for anyone with even a passing interest in basic human rights.”
    ★ ★ ★ ★
    - The Irish Times
  • Simultaneously heartbreaking and boldly optimistic, Call Me Kuchu stands with After Stonewall and The Times of Harvey Milk as a milestone in the history of gay-themed documentaries… Highly recommended.
    Video Librarian
  • The hardest work is done by local activists like those you will see in this film. To them I want to say: You are an inspiration to me… I am proud to join in this great human rights cause.
    - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
  • An urgent story, intelligently and poignantly rendered, honoring the life and courageous example of an everyday hero while exposing shocking human rights violations. Its message resonates globally and issues a call to action.
    - The Teddy Jury, Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Festival & Awards

  • Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) - 2012
    Best Documentary - Teddy Award
  • Hot Docs
    Best International Feature
  • Durban Film Festival
    Amnesty International Human Rights Award
  • Dokufest
    Human Rights Award
  • Hamptons International Film Festival
    Victor Rabinowitz Award for Social Justice,
  • Madrid LGBT Film Festival
    Best Documentary and Audience Award
  • Austin LGBT Film Festival
    Best Documentary
  • Seattle LGBT Film Festival|
    Best Documentary and Audience Award
  • Hamburg Queer Film Festival
    Audience Award
  • Torino LGBT Film Festival
    Audience Award

additional materials

  • Film Poster
  • African Studies Review of Call me Kuchu, by Suzanne Ondrus
  • Post-colonial dynamics in transnational LGBT filmmaking, by Carrie Hart & Rick Dillwood

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