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Human Rights Doc on LGBT Activist David Kato 'Call Me Kuchu' Goes to Cinedigm for US Distribution

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 19, 2012 at 2:19PM

Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall's essential human-rights documentary, "Call Me Kuchu," has gone to Cinedigm for US distribution...
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"Call Me Kuchu"
"Call Me Kuchu"

Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall's essential human-rights documentary, "Call Me Kuchu," has gone to Cinedigm for US distribution.

The film, which won the Teddy for Best Documentary and the Cinema Fairbindet Prize at Berlin, looks at the fight against Uganda's state-sanctioned homophobia. At the center of the story is David Kato, the brave and good-humored spirit who was brutally and senselessly murdered after he had successfully won a major case to stop a local newspaper from condemning, accusing and endangering the LGBT community. Kato was the first publicly gay person in Uganda.

"Call Me Kuchu" also won the Amnesty International's Human Rights Award at the Durban Film Festival, and Best International Feature at Hot Docs 2012.

Cinedigm's Vincent Scordino states, “'Call Me Kuchu' is one of those rare films that tackles a controversial worldwide issue and then makes that very issue exceedingly personal and intense. Viewers will come away profoundly moved. And, appropriately, angry.”
 
“Throughout the course of this project, no one has believed in the power of documentation more than David Kato himself,” add the filmmakers.

Cinedigm plans a 2013 theatrical release followed by a digital, VOD, DVD and TV rollout. We recently caught the film at the Hawaii Int'l Film Festival.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.