Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s essential human-rights documentary, “Call Me Kuchu,” has gone to Cinedigm for US distribution.
The film, which won the Teddy for Best Documentary and the Cinema Fairbindet Prize at Berlin, looks at the fight against Uganda’s state-sanctioned homophobia. At the center of the story is David Kato, the brave and good-humored spirit who was brutally and senselessly murdered after he had successfully won a major case to stop a local newspaper from condemning, accusing and endangering the LGBT community. Kato was the first publicly gay person in Uganda.
“Call Me Kuchu” also won the Amnesty International’s Human Rights Award at the Durban Film Festival, and Best International Feature at Hot Docs 2012.
Cinedigm’s Vincent Scordino states, “’Call Me Kuchu’ is one of those rare films that tackles a controversial worldwide issue and then makes that very issue exceedingly personal and intense. Viewers will come away profoundly moved. And, appropriately, angry.”
“Throughout the course of this project, no one has believed in the power of documentation more than David Kato himself,” add the filmmakers.
Cinedigm plans a 2013 theatrical release followed by a digital, VOD, DVD and TV rollout. We recently caught the film at the Hawaii Int’l Film Festival.