Call Me Kuchu
David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man, is one of the few who dare to publicly protest state-sanctioned homophobia. A new 'Anti-Homosexuality Bill' proposes death for HIV-positive gay men, and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual, whilst newspapers have taken to outing people with vicious fervour. David fights Uganda's government and tabloids to liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or 'kuchus'.
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This documentary is simply heart braking . It's basic characters are David Kato , activist of LGTB rights , David Bahati, a politician who has penned and promoted the controversial law which brought the death penalty to people guilty of "homosexual acts" and Giles Muhame , publisher of the magazine Rolling Stone.( no relation to the american famous magazine ) which published articles shamelessly demonizing gay people and inciting hatred with tittles such as " Hang Them ! " ,
Ignorance thrives in the central african nation and we see players of public policy comparing it with Kleptomania . Articles full of conspirancy theories even suggest that islamist terrosties cooperate with gay people ( !?!? ) in order to hurt the country .
One could imagine that David Bahati could have been an even more ignorant version of your average tea-party republican if the US societal concept allowed him to fully materialize their beliefs yet any viewer would have a hard time finding a character as repulsive
as Muhame. David Kato himself was murdered during the filming of this so this documentary became unintentionally a biopic of the last months of his life . The most cold blooding moment comes when we see Muhame giggling about it the next day .
Even when the president of Uganda makes his appearance , by talking in a voice over ( " Hilary Clinton wanted to talk to me ..about GAYS !...President Obama called me ..about homosexuals !..." ) he seems to be spitting the words with disgust .
It's strange to think how different the same thing would sound like with a softer voice and a couple of terms changed ( " Hilary Clinton wanted to talk to me about discrimination.President Obama called to talk about equality of LGTB Ugandans " )
No matter what your political opinions are about , whether you are for gay marriage or against , it's impossible not to sympathize with the gay activists in a country where even a priest in a funeral curses the deceased for his sexuality , instead of simply saying good bye to another human being . Sadly their strugle is one about survival against official persecussion and not about equality
I loved the film, it opened my eyes and will be a worthy addition to making informed, political and lifestyle decisions in my life. It also brought me to tears, with shocking stories and events that take place in a country were such a minority life in fear, and their government threatens to remove their human rights and encourage its population to report members of the LGBT community. This needs to change and Call Me Kuchu does a fantastic job of bringing us one step closer to that change.
I don't think can't put a price tag on this documentary, I would happily purchase it at full price. It is special and the stories had to be told. Very important, and very touching.