Last fall, Cinedigm Entertainment Group acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Call Me Kuchu – the powerful and moving film that documents the daily lives of David Kato – the first openly gay Ugandan man – and three fellow “kuchus” (LGBT Ugandans), culminating in a brutal and senseless murder that sent shock waves throughout the world.
Over the course of two years, filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall documented the daily lives of the outspoken and inspiring Kato and his fellow “kuchus” as Uganda was emerging as a frontier in the battle for African LGBT rights.
Cinedigm has set a theatrical release date for the acclaimed film for June 7, which will be followed by on-demand, premium digital, DVD, and TV release.
An alum of Film Independent’s Artist Development Program, Call Me Kuchu earned stellar reviews on the festival circuit, including winning both the Teddy Award (Best Documentary) and the Cinema Fairbindet Prize at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, the Amnesty International’s Human Rights Award at the Durban Film Festival, and Best International Feature at Hot Docs 2012.
Our own Nijla Mumin who reviewed the film for S&A last year, calling it: “A memorable, important work that will hopefully serve as required viewing for continued conversation around human rights issues.”
Read her full review HERE.
Call Me Kuchu is directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall and produced by Zouhali-Worrall, with support from Film Independent’s inaugural Documentary Lab, as well as Chicken & Egg Pictures, Catapult Film Fund and Cinereach.
Ahead of June’s theatrical, Cinedigm has unveiled a new poster for the film, which is embedded below. You’ll find the trailer underneath (although I anticipate a new cut will be released before the film’s opening):