In honor of Human Rights Day, 92YTribeca presents a work-in-progress screening of selected scenes from Call Me Kuchu, a documentary about the life and death of Uganda's first openly gay man, David Kato.
Following the screening, filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall will participate in a panel discussion about the movie and the issues it explores. Additional panelists include Pierre Bairin (Media Director, Human Rights Watch), Sam Gregory (Program Director, Witness), Andre Banks (Strategy Director, Purpose; Co-Founder, AllOut.Org) Wade McMullen (Donald M. Wilson Fellow, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights) and Spectra Speaks (Nigerian afrofeminist writer, founder of Queer Women of Color and Friends Boston).
About Call Me Kuchu
In an unmarked office on the outskirts of Kampala, veteran gay activist David Kato labors to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow LGBT men and women, or “kuchus.” But David’s formidable task becomes much more difficult when an “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” is introduced in Parliament proposing death for HIV-positive gay men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. The bill, inspired by American evangelicals who point to Uganda as ground zero in their war on the “homosexual agenda,” awaits debate in Parliament. Meanwhile, the country’s newspapers start running stories with headlines such as: “HOMO TERROR! We Name and Shame Top Gays in the City.” David is one of the few who dare to publicly protest the country’s government and press. But just three weeks after a landmark court victory, he is found bludgeoned to death in his home. David’s murder sends shockwaves around the world and leaves Kampala’s kuchus traumatized and seeking answers for a way forward.
With unprecedented access, Call Me Kuchu explores a community that is at once persecuted and consoled by the Christian faith and examines the astounding courage required to continue battling an oppressive government, even in the wake of a brutal murder.
Part of the series Story Leads to Action, co-presented with Chicken and Egg Pictures and Working Films.
Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall.