Call Me Kuchu

Call Me Kuchu

Saturday 13th October 2012 – 1:30pm
The Old Market Hall

*NC – Not Certified – Contains adult themes and scenes some viewers may find distressing.

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato – Uganda’s first openly gay man – and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combatting vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.

In an unmarked office at the end of a dirt track, veteran activist David Kato labours 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 much 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. Inspired by American evangelicals who have christened Uganda ground zero in their war on the “homosexual agenda,” the bill awaits debate in Uganda’s Parliament. Meanwhile, local newspapers have begun outing kuchus with vicious fervor under headlines such as: “HOMO TERROR! We Name and Shame Top Gays in the City.”

Winning Top Film Award at the 36th Frameline Film Festival 2012, Call me Kuchu is a timely reminder of the oppression that gay people face in 80 countries worldwide.

We see the courage and spirit of people who refuse to stay hidden within a deeply homophobic society. A courage that comes with a price, yet one that empowers the individual themselves, others and, against all odds, holds within it the ability to create change. Call me Kuchu portrays the courage of people who are determined to express their sexuality and live their lives openly.

It is a film that inspires us and challenges complacency. It is a must-see for all who believe in justice and freedom.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Bisi Alimi, the Africa Director of Kaleidoscope and hopefully some more panel members.

Official website: http://www.callmekuchu.co.uk

Call Me Kuchu – Trailer from Call Me Kuchu on Vimeo.

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