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Call Me Kuchu

Call Me Kuchu

Released 2 November 2012
Director(s)

Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Writer(s)

Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Producer(s) Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Origin United States, Uganda
Running Time 87 minutes
Genre Documentary, drama
Rating TBC
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The struggle continues.

Imagine you lived in a world where your sexuality was a crime, punishable by death.

Call Me Kuchu isn’t abstract fiction, or a historical document, but a documentary from present day Uganda, where homosexuality is a crime – one currently worthy of imprisonment, and legislation to increase this penalty to death is still circulating in government.

The film charts the life of David, a former school teacher turned activist, and Uganda’s first openly gay man. It is an absolutely harrowing journey into a nightmarish reality, made all the more important by the fact that this is an issue which is still happening now as this film is being released.

Directed by American filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall it is a fantastic portrait of both the real people behind Uganda’s mostly underground LGBT movement, as well as the wider society in which they struggle to exist. The fact that both sides are strongly depicted in Call Me Kuchu is a testament to the dedication of the filmmakers. As a result we have politicians, newspaper owners and religious leaders openly bragging about their campaign to stamp out homosexuality through fear and violence, while at the same time we learn about the day to day lives of David and other LGBT activists – allowing them to tell their harrowing life stories in their own words.

While Call Me Kuchu shows its audience a deeply tragic reality – it also manages to find hope, and should serve as a rallying call for action to be taken.

- Bernard O’Rourke