Call Me Kuchu (12A)


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The Independent Culture

Hard times in Uganda. This sobering documentary charts the struggle of the activist David Kato against the tide of virulent homophobia pouring out of Ugandan church and state.

The latest bill from Parliament proposes death for HIV-positive gay men and imprisonment for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual, or "kuchu". Meanwhile, a vigilante newspaper runs headlines such as HOMO TERROR and prints photographs of "top gays" in a name-and-shame campaign.

Until his work is cut short, Kato and his fellow "outlaws", including a renegade bishop, face down these threats with amazing dignity and humour. It's a lesson in courage, in being determined to enjoy one's life even as the authorities threaten to take it away.