Cinedigm Entertainment Group has released, on DVD and VOD, 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.
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 saw the film for S&A last year, called it: “A memorable, important work that will hopefully serve as required viewing for continued conversation around human rights issues.”
The Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival prize-winning British/Egyptian drama My Brother The Devil, written and directed by Egyptian-Welsh screenwriter and director Sally El Hosaini (her feature film debut), stars James Floyd, Fady Elsayed and Saïd Taghmaoui.
It tells the story of two sons of Egyptian immigrants coming of age on the streets of gangland, East London.
Rounding out the cast are familiar names of black British talents you might recognize, like Ashley Bashy Thomas, and Letitia Wright.
It’s one film I’ve yet to see, but is on my to-see list, so I’ll be giving it a look this week, now that it’s available on the home video market, courtesy of Virgil Films.
Reviews were strong across the board, and the film picked up numerous awards on the film festival circuit.
It was released in the US last May, and other territories globally.
Watch the full trailer below for a glimpse at what to expect:
And finally, via Ketchup Entertainment, Savannah, the drama starring Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor, is now out on DVD and VOD, after a very brief theatrical run last month.
So before you see Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave next month, you can catch him in Savannah, in which he also plays a slave – a free slave.
Savannah is also a work of historical fiction, based on real events, set during post-Civil War days, in which Caviezel stars as the real-life, “well-educated, eccentric, larger-than-life hunter” named Ward Allen, who develops a unique friendship with a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, played by Ejiofor.
The film is loosely based on a book by John Eugene Cay, Jr., titled, Ducks, Dogs and Friends, which tells the story of Christmas Moultrie (the last slave born on the historical Mulberry Grove Plantation, where the Cotton Gin was invented), who hunted on the Savannah River, together with Ward Allen, and his Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Annette Haywood-Carter directed from a screenplay she co-wrote with Kenneth F. Carter Jr.
Jaimie Alexander, Hal Holbrook, Sam Shepard, Bradley Whitford and Jack McBrayer round out the cast.
Here’s the trailer: