Call Me Kuchu
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Call Me Kuchu
Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, 2012
USA | English and Luganda with English subtitles | 87 minutes
Closing Night Film & Reception!
Filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall and subject Longjones Wambere in person!
In an office on the outskirts of Kampala, 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 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. David is one of the few who dare to publicly protest the country’s government and press. Working with a dedicated clan of fellow activists, he fights for Kampala’s kuchus on Ugandan television, at the United Nations, and in the courts. Because, he insists, “if we keep on hiding, they will say we are not here.” With unprecedented access, Call Me Kuchu examines the astounding courage and determination required to battle an oppressive government, a vicious media and a powerful church in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. An official selection of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. Screening followed by discussion with Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, filmmakers; Longjones Wambere, film subject. Moderated by Boris O. Dittrich, Advocacy Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Program, Human Rights Watch.