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Call Me Kuchu

The struggle for LGBT rights in Uganda might sound like a dry or distant subject. It’s the achievement of Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s shocking, moving, enthralling and enraging doc to make it lively and urgent. Taking its title from local slang for gay, the film revolves around David Kato, Uganda’s first out gay campaigner, as he battles proposals to make homosexuality a capital crime in the two years before his crucial work was cut short.

On the side of the angels are other members of the country’s fledgling LGBT movement, some of their families and the fearless former Bishop Senyonjo; against them are members of its church, parliament and media, who get the chance to unpack their views. As well as the charming, warm and whip-smart Kato, the film’s obvious assets are footage shot at secret parties, in court and at gravesides – a funeral scene speaks more profoundly of the injustices at work here that any number of talking heads could.

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Rated: E
Release date: Friday November 2 2012
Duration: 87 mins

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Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall

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Paul Murphy

An eye-opening, well-made and moving window into the world of LGBT people in Uganda. Definitely well worth catching (Was actually on at Sheffield DocFest just before EEFF)