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Call Me Kuchu: A Powerful Look at Uganda's Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights


Call Me Kuchu is a timely and important documentary that shines a light on the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights in Uganda. Set against a backdrop of progress in other parts of the world, the film exposes the harsh realities faced by Ugandan sexual minorities, known as "kuchus."

The filmmakers, Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, masterfully capture the fear and resilience of the kuchu community. Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda, with harsh punishments including imprisonment and "curative rape."  The film delves deeper by exploring the now-shelved Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which would have made homosexuality punishable by death. Interviews with the bill's author and supporters are chilling and expose the deep-seated homophobia driving this legislation.

The documentary takes a tragic turn with the murder of David Kato, a central figure and Uganda's first openly gay man. Instead of dwelling solely on this loss, the film continues on Kato's mission to fight for equality.

Call Me Kuchu is more than just a story of one man; it's a call to action. The film introduces us to key figures on both sides of the issue: Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, a champion for the kuchu community, and David Bahati, the MP behind the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The film's strength lies in its portrayal of the human cost of discrimination.  Bishop Senyonjo and Kato emerge as heroes, using education and quiet determination to fight for their rights.

The fight for LGBTQ+ rights in Uganda is far from over.  The documentary concludes with the sobering reminder that "A Luta Continua" - the struggle continues. Call Me Kuchu is a powerful and essential film that compels viewers to engage in conversations about equality and justice.