Grants & Awards
Call Me Kuchu
Date Awarded: Summer 2011
Directors(s): Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Producer(s): Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Film Status: Completed
URL: » Call Me Kuchu website
About the Film:
In an unmarked office at the end of a dirt track, Uganda’s first openly gay man, David Kato, labors to repeal his country’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow LGBT men and women, or “kuchus.” But this formidable task becomes even more difficult when the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is introduced, proposing death for gay men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a rumored homosexual. Inspired by American evangelicals who have christened Uganda ground zero in their war on the “homosexual agenda,” the bill awaits a vote in Uganda’s Parliament. Meanwhile local newspapers run stories such as: “HOMO TERROR! We Name and Shame Top Gays in the City.” David is one of the few who are willing to protest Uganda’s government and press. United by his brave efforts, Kampala’s kuchus become hopeful after he wins an astonishing court victory against gay-bashing tabloid Rolling Stone. But just three weeks later the unthinkable happens: David is found bludgeoned to death in his home. Through David’s story, Call Me Kuchu examines a community that is at once persecuted and consoled by religion, and explores the astounding courage required to continue battling an oppressive government, even in the wake of a brutal murder.
About the Filmmakers:
Katherine Fairfax Wright (Co-Director, DP & Editor) – Katherine graduated from Columbia University with a double major in Film Studies and Anthopology. She produced Gabi On The Roof In July, which premiered at Cinequest 2010, and won Best Narrative Feature and Best Actress at the Brooklyn Film Festival. Weaned on a school of vérité filmmakers, Wright has worked closely with Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Nelson Walker III, and Fellipe Barbosa. She associate-produced Perlmutt and Walker’s award-winning documentary Lumo, which aired on P.O.V. and won the 2007 Student Academy Award, as well as Perlmutt’s Les Vulnerables, the closing short at the New York Film Festival 2007. Wright has worked in a producing role on several other films and she is an award-winning photographer.
Malika Zouhali-Worrall (Co-Director, Producer) – Malika’s work as a print and video journalist has been published in The Financial Times and at CNN.com. She has reported for CNN.com from India, Uganda, China and the U.S. on politics, technology and LGBT rights. Zouhali-Worrall is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds an MA in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).
Festival & Award Highlights:
Berlinale 2012 – World Premiere, Teddy Award, Cinema Fairbindet Prize
HotDocs 2012 – Best International Feature
Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012
Los Angeles Film Festival 2012
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012