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Thank you for making this documentary. It inspires many who are afraid to express their sexuality. I commend your efforts! I salute you all. Thank you.
What an amazing piece of work! This torn my heart apart… Giles Muhame must be an animal… how can he sleep at night? Be aware the the world is watching you and share your struggle! A LUTA CONTINUA! <3
David’s death was not in vain, and indeed has empowered us all globally to stand up united in the fight for LGBTQ human rights worldwide, in the face of the teaching condemnation of forefather religious ignorance that leads in death, destruction and false oppression, the same way they are still stoning women to death for adultery, of these wretched falsehood mentalities as witnessed by Jesus, remain unchanged, but not unchallenged. Every step of our global movement, is a sacred step of life and death seriousness, in stopping the flow of the forefather mad flood of ignoramus death, destruction and oppression that continues. We must not ever forget that there will be more deaths perpetrated by the ignoramus ones, who’s minds become unknowingly snared by the forefather madness teachings all around us. Go in peace and love and BE the truth of our constant compassionate wiser love light that reveals all darkness within the heart, where it is our atonement in grace that truly reveals to all who we all are…the divine children of God.
the ugandan government is systemically corrupt. the people who are oppressing the rights of homosexuals in uganda are a pack of thieves and murderers. they are oppressing homosexuals to distract from this fact. russia is doing the same thing. iran, too.
thank you for making your movie. i saw it last night at the bloor in toronto and the world is a better place for its existence. it gave me a lot of info i did not have before. im gay, and my moms from uganda, incidentally. but i found your film extremely frustrating, because there is no reference to the fact that the ugandan government is corrupt, and, like i said, this is why they’re oppressing kuchus.
so, like, im sorry, but your film is a part of the problem. we’re all talking about the oppression of 10% of the population of uganda and not that the entire govenment of uganda is a pack of thieves and liars, and this distraction is what they want. the whole world is talking about kuchus, and not that the homophobes in uganda are the richest people in that country. that editor of the rolling stone had really nice jeans. why the fuck didnt you ask him about corruption? why is he not covering that?
I just saw your amazing film in Toronto this evening. Thank you for making it, and thank you to the LGBTI activists in Uganda for your incredible courage and for sharing your stories. While you are fighting for the rights and dignity of LGBTI people in Uganda, you are also fighting for the rights and the dignity of LGBTI people everywhere.
Thanks for your kind comments, Bessie. A luta continua!
Thank you for such a moving and informative documentary. Now to tell all my friends about it.
Please do! Thanks so much for your support.
I watched this movie two nights ago at an LGBT event in Kingston, Jamaica, where there is a large amount of anit-LGBT activity as well. It brought me to tears. Thank you for telling David’s story. It has been an inspiration to many.
Thanks, Suzdle. It’s always great to hear that the film is being shared far and wide, especially in Jamaica, where there is also still a long way to go to achieve equality for the LGBT community, but which is also home to some fantastic LGBT activists just like David Kato and his friends!
Just saw the film on Göteborgs Film festival. A lot of people cried during the film and everyone was really touched.. Thanks a lot for the great work and for spreading info about the horrible conditions the homosexual people of Uganda has to live under. I would love to show this film to friends,
is there any other way to see it online after the festival?
Hi Mai, if you’re based in Sweden, I don’t believe there is currently anywhere to view it online. But we’re working on it and will keep the website/Facebook pages updated with new developments. Thanks for your kind words!
Please define the word “kuchu” for Western audiences. A lot of people are saying it means “queers”, but that is not so. From what I’ve learned, “Kuchu” is an essentially non-derogatory word that LGBT Ugandans use to claim their dignity. I also know that it exists in Japanese and other languages.
Hi Don Charles. Thanks for your comment. The term “kuchu” is indeed a non-derogatory umbrella term that LGBT Ugandans use to refer to themselves – it can be compared to the way in which some English-speaking LGBT communities around the world might also refer to themselves as “queer”.
Greetings. This film,(along with another) inspired a strangely titled article by me:”Diet of Gay Fish to Save Africa?” , which, when published recently in Nigeria drew some interesting comments which confirm that a lot of work still remains to be done on the subject of tolerance and understanding. It is included in my recent newsletter: http://mad.ly/51ba63
I happened to be in Uganda for three weeks on HIV and AIDS response work on the evening that David was killed, Wed. 26th Jan. 2011. I left Kampala that evening and only found out next day when I returned to Dublin. I was deeply saddened. May David Rest In Peace. He is truly missed. I well remember his activism and good humour at the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna. He was a leader for human rights, tolerance and HIV education and protection.
He and his colleagues are wonderful in this film which showed both sides of the debate without prejudice. I saw it at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin on 12th Nov. last.
I hope that Call me Kuchu is seen by young people and leaders all over the world. Well done to the filmmakers and all the team involved. A remarkable film.
Both sides of the debate?
I was moved tears by this stunning, funny, tragic and important piece of cinema. The struggle for LGBTI rights around the world truly is the human rights issue of our time. I am so grateful to the makers of this movie for bringing the Ugandan situation to the attention of many in the West who feel that the fight for equality and against discrimination only affects them within the confines of their own country. The dehumanisation of LGBTI people around the world is a tear in the fabric of humanity, and I believe that through art and education – through works like ‘Call Me Kuchu’ – we can attempt to sew our fabric back together. In memory of all those lost along the way – A luta continua.
Thank you for the very powerful movie. It was astonishing and left me with a lot of thoughts. Thanks for making this film. People need to know about David and his fellows and their struggle in Uganda.
Saw the film on Monday – you’d need to have a heart of stone not to be moved by David’s struggle and those of his friends and colleagues. Thee film-makers have done a brilliant job letting the persecutors condemn themselves unpromted by what they say in the film. Coincidentally there’s a reading of a play about the same issue at the Old Vic on Sunday November 4th at 7 pm. Find out more about The Silence at http://www.thesilenceplay.org/#!home/mainPage, and book tickets at http://bookings.oldvictheatre.com/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=15627.
Hi, I think its an amazing work, please if you not already have any contact with Argenina for the screening the movie, contact me, I´m lesbian activist and I can contact with others activist and cultural agents for display de film in my country. Now I´m in Basque Country and I think it´s will be a good place for the movie too.
Thank you for your movie
Tomorrow, the documentary/movie will be screened at the LGBT festival Chéries-Chéris at Paris, France. I am going to see it. I am highly impatient !!!
I attended a screening at the British Museum last weekend and wanted to write to say that I was incredibly moved by the documentary.
I think the content seemed especially poignant, sitting in the rarefied surroundings of the British Museum and realising that this is actually the present day and a reality for so many people in Uganda (and a large number of other African countries, even if they aren’t formally trying to legislate against the rights of LGBT people).
It’s the sort of film that really does linger and I wish you lots of success with the ongoing screenings and awareness-raising.
Issues aside…it was also beautifully shot and put together.
Just saw the film at the British Museum; with moments of such beauty contrasted against terrible hate, it had me in tears. Everybody should see this important film and remember how far the world has to come.
Im a Ugandan and in Uganda now. It was such bad news for the murder of David. Surely no one here can. Tell that is a gay or lesbian unless he or she want to die and no one knows the account for death. I’m not gay and don’t mind if someone else is!! But I would respect their rights
The ignorance that this film reveals is horrifying and is to be totally deplored, not true commitment and love between long-term partners.
[...] In Call Me Kuchu, David Kato bears the burden of seeking justice for Uganda’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, otherwise known as ‘kuchus’. Fighting homophobic laws and news headlines that read “HOMO TERROR!” are the top orders on Kato’s agenda. Backed by activist friends, local Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, and a constituency of closeted Ugandans, Kato makes brave advances in local courts and appeals the United Nations to seek justice for kuchus. Read a full synopsis here. [...]
Will “Call Me Kuchu” be released on DVD? I sure hope so.
Thank you so much for this documentary.
Powerful, moving and vital. This should be shown at all British schools and colleges as part of their human rights education. It is shocking that we live in a world where this persecution is happening.
Religion has been good ..but made many mistakes..Because it has been re-written to many times…to stop pagan an local religions.Which is very sad..for some were very good…Which respected we are all born to follow our own path..It is so unkind and sad and should stop now..for to many suffer because of silly brain washing.
This looks like a powerful documentary. Being who you were born to be shouldn’t get you killed. Jesus instructed us to Love One Another.
[...] Check the “Call Me Kuchu” website for a schedule of future showings. [...]
[...] for those accused of “aggravated homosexuality.” The film briefly reflects on Lou Engle, who “christened Uganda ground zero” in a crusade against homosexuality launched by American Evangelicals, asserting false notions [...]
Amazing. Nothing short of a monumentally important work. Showcases heroes in the struggle for understanding, equality, and human rights. And, it uncovers the hate that religion (especially some right wing, evangelical American Christian sects) promotes in countries around the globe. It’ll make you laugh. It’ll make s you cry. It will shock and anger you. It’s exactly what we need. A wake-up call. Please don’t miss this documentary. And, take a friend…or three.
One of the best films on Human RIghts, Lesbian / Gay Rights ever produced in such a long time. Couldn’t help but to shed a tear or two during this film. The struggle of our sisters and brothers on the continent of Africa must not be overlooked. Solidarity to the nieces & nephews in Uganda.
[...] Monday evening, I hung out with a friend, who told me about a documentary he’d been recently called Call Me Kuchu. [...]
Everyone is able to change abit.many of U are able to change more.All together we can change the Whole! i m really happy that Athens finds his ecological identity..Still far behind western Europe , BUT the Jumps are huge! GO ON!I ll forward the website and ur work johannnes
The average Am/Idol wahtcer has no idea why drugs are illegal or why alcohol is not. In PA, cops are now raiding homes, jailing people for possesion of marajuana with at least a $10,000 bail. You can punch your girlfriend and break some teeth for a lesser bond. Drugs are illegal but we have hundreds of thousands of drugstores. This does nothing but confuse the kids. And us.
[...] Holding that, I recruited one of the newbies to come with me to a documentary on Saturday night about gay activism in Uganda, Call me Kuchu.. [...]
[...] ON. The Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival in Toronto will set the stage for the North American premiere of Call Me Kuchu, which follows the story of Ugandan LGBT advocate David Kato’s struggle for [...]
Hi – I just watched the trailer, and I really want to see it – will it be released in the UK sometime soon?
Hi Daniel! Thanks for your interest in the film. We are currently planning our festival run. We have some exciting announcements regarding screenings in the UK, so stay tuned! Also, you can subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates here. Thanks!
All signed up – thanks for getting back to me.
I’ve heard about the film, but just now watched the trailer. It gave me chills. I remember when Kato was murdered and how the atmosphere was at that time in Kampala.
I’m in Germany at the moment and can’t wait to watch it here.
But I truely hope people in Uganda will get to see the film as well and you will find a place where you can screen it safely.
Please let me know where and when both in Germany and Uganda one can watch this film!
Hi Mary, Thanks for getting in touch. As you may know, the film premiered at the Berlinale in February and won the Cinema Fairbindet prize, which is sponsored by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The prize includes a theatrical roadshow to more than 20 German cinemas later in the year. We haven’t finalized the schedule yet, so the best way for us to make sure that you find out about the German screenings is to stay sign up for our newsletter here here (we won’t overload you with email, we’ll only send one out every month or two). You can also stay updated on the film through our Facebook and Twitter. Thanks again!
Hello- I am taking a globalization and justice class in high school and we are currently focusing on basic human rights and how a country should structure their constitution to protect those rights. I have been watching the trailer to call me kuchu and reading articles about David, and I believe this would be an amazing film to show at my school. If there is anyway I could screen it at school, please let me know who to contact. You are doing amazing work for basic human rights in the world
Thanks for getting in touch. It sounds like a great class! Can you please email us with your request: email@example.com, and we’ll see what we can figure out?
Malika & Katy
We’re in charge of a french lgbt film festival and we’d like to have a dvd of the film to decide to programm it in our selection.
Can you tell us who we have to contact ?
Please email us with your request: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And thanks for your interest!
I live In Kampala. Can we actually see the movie here?
Thank you and please do not think that you are alone, many people admire and support your fight!
Hi Flore. Thanks for your kind words! Email us at email@example.com, and we’ll be sure to let you know of any screenings in Kampala. Cheers.
I would have loved to see the film, however, I did not get to see at the Berlinale! Where can I watch it in Germany? Is there any chance to watch it online? It would be great to make it possible for a wider audience to see your brilliant movie!
Hi Janna – As luck would have it, CALL ME KUCHU was awarded the Cinema Fairbindet prize at the Berlinale, which means that it will be traveling to cinemas throughout Germany later this year. If you wish, you can sign up for our newsletter here or check back on the screenings page on the CALL ME KUCHU website for more information as we finalize plans. Thanks for getting in touch!
Looking forward to seeing this screened in the UK!
We’ll definitely let you know when it does. Thanks!
I was wondering if you’ll be screening the film in New York soon? I’d love to bring a group from NYU to come see it. If not, is there an approximate time when the dvd will be released?
That’s great – thank you! We’re working to arrange screenings in NYC shortly, as well as getting the DVD out (which may take a little more time!). The best way to keep track of our progress is to follow us online: http://facebook.com/callmekuchu and http://twitter.com/callmekuchu, and also to sign up to our mailing list (link is above and to the right).
Thanks for your support!
My name is Emile Castonguay, I’m the programming director for the
Montreal International Black Film Festival that will take place from
September 20 the 30th, 2012.
After some research I have found your film (Call me Kuchu) that interest us for our
Would you please contact me.
[...] the film is one tenth as intense as its trailer, it is a powerful documentary indeed. Call Me Kuchu premieres today at 5:00 p.m. at CineStar 7, Potsdamer Straße 4, 10785 Berlin. There is a another screening [...]
[...] an all-encompassing term which embraces all of the Ls, Gs, Bs, Ts, and everything inbetween. Hence the title of the documentary premiering today at the Berlin International Film Festival. Call Me Kuchu “explores a [...]
Emailed the trailer and the NYT article to Ava’s school principal. She is in Educate Together in Ireland who have a wonderful ethos. Briefly, inclusion and diversity are embraced with all the students from the day they start school. Hope to give them a copy of the entire film when it is available.
You are amazing (bit biased I know but….)
Lots of Love
Wonderful to hear from you Ann-Marie!! We actually may be coming to Dublin in the near future to do some outreach events with a human rights group there…so it would be great to do a screening at Ava’s school in the same trip. I’ll let you know as plans develop. Send my love to the family!
Wonderful. Keep me posted.
Is the Inquisition dead? Never was. America has filled its prisons with “sinners”. Addicted, petty thieves, poor, mentally unstable, etc. The self righteous and the hypocrites and literalists are dominating our national narrative as I write this. Thank you for illuminating another dark display of “authorized” licensed oppression and injustice and murder. May the children of the self haters become enlightened. Peace to all.
I saw the preview and couldnt hold my tears back when seeing David. It made me cry
Thanks for making this movie.
Thank you very much for letting us know your thoughts–it’s very encouraging. We look forward to sharing the finished film with you.
Thanks. 100USD donated.
I was really moved by watching the video on your site. We at India are struggling in our own ways to make the LGBT community stronger and wipe prejudices off from people’s minds. Have you considered adding a preview of the video on YouTube? Im sure you will get more visits and donations as well!
All the Best
Thanks so much for your feedback Shwetha. We’ll be putting the trailer on YouTube shortly, I appreciate the suggestion.
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