“Call Me Kuchu,” Doc About Gays In Uganda, Gets U.S. Distribution Deal

Cinedigm Entertainment has acquired domestic distribution rights to Call Me Kuchu, a documentary  about the life of slain Ugandan activist David Kato and other LGBT people in the African nation.

Directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, the film nabbed honors at Frameline in San Francisco and the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. Kato was assassinated in 2011, a year into filming, but the directors were able to follow him and other kuchus (slang for “gays”) as they battled anti-gay harassment and violence.

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,” said Cinedigm’s Vincent Scordino. “Viewers will come away profoundly moved. And, appropriately, angry.”

The company expressed interest in a theatrical release in early 2013, followed by on-demand and DVD release.