Call Me Kuchu (2012) MIFF Film Review


Sometimes, the world depresses me. I don’t understand how people can treat each other so poorly, and seek to destroy each other. Call Me Kuchu made me so sad.

The government in Uganda is working to introduce a bill that would make being homosexual illegal, punishable by life imprisonment or death, and give jail penalties to those who did not inform authorities of known homosexuals.

Call Me Kuchu (Kuchu is the common name given to LGBT people) follows a group of LGBT people who, under constant threat for their wellbeing, are fighting against this bill. They are led by David Kato, the country’s first openly gay man. The threats come in a variety of forms: from a paper called Rolling Stone which is running an active campaign to threaten the LGBT people, from their families and neighbours.

Depressing, yes. But there is also hope. There is this group in Uganda who are working to fight against this bill. There is support from an unlikely ally – a local minister who believes in the rights of people and is against this violence and aggression. And there is the support from the International Community – both smaller groups and leaders from around the world.

The battle in Uganda is continuing. I hope more people across the world can watch this documentary to put faces to those fighting.

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