Seattle Out & Proud (SO&P) is proud to be a Community Co-Presenter at the 17th Annual Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Three Dollar Bill Cinema reached out to SO&P and offered us the opportunity to partner with a film festival documentary that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking: Call Me Kuchu (directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, 7 p.m., Sunday, October 14, Egyptian Theatre).
Here is the film synopsis:
David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay political activist, is one of the few who dare to publicly protest the state-sanctioned homophobia in his country. Here, homosexuality is not only considered sinful, it is illegal. Gay people—known as kuchus—are at risk of being beaten, harassed, and even stoned to death. A new “anti-homosexuality bill” introduced in Parliament would take the law even further, imposing a death sentence for HIV-positive gay men and a three-year prison sentence for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual—even one’s own child. Meanwhile, the government, the media, church leaders, and American evangelicals fuel the fire of intolerance and hatred throughout the greater population. Working with a clan of fellow activists, David fights Uganda’s government and tabloids in the courts, on television, and at the United Nations, because he insists, “if we keep on hiding, they will say we’re not here.” Three weeks after an important legal victory, David’s brutal murder shakes up his fellow activists and sends shock waves throughout the international human rights community. Unprepared for the turn their story has taken, the crew continues filming, and the result is a remarkable portrait of one man’s courage, conviction, and tragic end.
Best Documentary Teddy Award – 2012 Berlin Film Festival;
Best International Feature – 2012 Hot Docs
For more information on Call Me Kuchu, visit the official website
Tickets for the October 14, 7 p.m. SO&P Community Co-Presented Call Me Kuchu at the Egyptian Theatre available here.
In addition, Call Me Kuchu has been selected as one of this year’s Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Centerpiece Galas. On Sunday October 14, following the screening of Call Me Kuchu, join us for a gala reception at the Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike Street). Your ticket to the film includes the gala reception. 21 and over only.