d. Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali- Worrall, Uganda/UK, 2011, 87 mins.
Media Sponsor: Liberty Press
Free Films Friday Sponsor: Meritrust
Txtwrks Audience Award Keyword: call1, call2, call3, call4, call5
Playing with: Out, d. Blaine Ludy, USA
Community Partner: That Gay Group, WSU
Notes: Aspen Boutique Spotlight on Women Directors
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. – Film Society of Lincoln Center