Uganda’s Kato Remembered in ‘Call Me Kuchu’

Uganda’s Kato Remembered in ‘Call Me Kuchu’

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callmekuchu2_filmstill_loOne of the most acclaimed documentaries on the festival circuit over the past year, Call Me Kuchu, has won nearly two dozen awards including both the Teddy Award for Best Documentary and the Cinema Fairbindet Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) and both the top jury award for best international feature and a top audience recognition at HotDocs in Toronto. The film is directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall who are recipients of the first Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellowship and were named to the Filmmaker Magazine list of 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers follow David Kato – Uganda’s first openly gay man – and his fellow activists as they work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one, not even the filmmakers, are prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.

Call Me Kuchu depicts the last year in the life of a courageous, quick-witted and steadfast man whose wisdom and achievements were not fully recognized until after his death, and whose memory has inspired a new generation of human rights advocates.

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