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Call Me Kuchu

Producers Malika Zouhali-Worrall


In an unmarked office at the end of a dirt track, Uganda’s first openly gay man, David Kato, labors to repeal his country’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow LGBT men and women, or “kuchus.” But this formidable task becomes even more difficult when the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is introduced, proposing death for gay men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a rumored homosexual. Inspired by American evangelicals who have christened Uganda ground zero in their war on the “homosexual agenda,” the bill awaits a vote in Uganda’s Parliament. Meanwhile local newspapers run stories such as: “HOMO TERROR! We Name and Shame Top Gays in the City.” David is one of the few who are willing to protest Uganda’s government and press. United by his brave efforts, Kampala’s kuchus become hopeful after he wins an astonishing court victory against gay-bashing tabloid Rolling Stone. But just three weeks later the unthinkable happens: David is found bludgeoned to death in his home. Through David’s story, Call Me Kuchu examines a community that is at once persecuted and consoled by religion, and explores the astounding courage required to continue battling an oppressive government, even in the wake of a brutal murder.

Call Me Kuchu is a Cinereach grantee.