Call Me Kuchu

2012 | African / Homophobia / Human Rights / Race and Culture | 93 minutes | USA
Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall

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It is 2009. In the country of Uganda, being LGBTQ is not only considered sinful; it is illegal. From Kampala to the remote villages, LGBTQ people -or kuchus, as they are known- are at risk of being beaten, harassed, and stoned to death.

A new Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been introduced in Parliament which would take the law several steps further, imposing a death sentence for HIV-positive gay men and a three-year prison sentence for anyone who fails to turn in a known LGBTQ person -including their own child.

Meanwhile, the government, the media, church leaders, and American evangelicals are actively fueling the fire of intolerance and hatred throughout the greater population. The editor of one local tabloid is mercilessly outing gay people on its front pages, encouraging violent reprisals such as hanging.

Amidst all the venom and homophobic fervor, veteran activist David Kato is undeterred in his fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community. The first openly gay man in Uganda, Kato boldly dares to protest publicly- in the courts, on television, at the United Nations- despite the great personal danger it poses to him and his small band of fellow kuchu activists. An international sensation and winner of dozens of awards, Call Me Kuchu is a remarkable portrait of courage and conviction.


Winner of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Documentary.

"Kuchu powerfully demonstrates that the most potent forms of resistance and avenues of change are gays and lesbians using both institutional tools (the court system) and honest telling of stories from their own lives in order to spark social and political change."
- ERNEST HARDY, The Village Voice

"A scary but inspiring film with real heroes and villains."
- STEPHEN HOLDEN, The New York Times