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04/19/2007


Editor of Ugandan Tabloid That Outed Homosexuals Explains His Devious Methods: VIDEO

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Here's a fascinating new clip from the documentary Call Me Kuchu, opening today in New York. The film documents the story of slain Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato and others prominent in that country's struggle.

If you missed the trailer, which is amazing, you should watch it HERE.

You may remember that in October 2010 Uganda's Rolling Stone tabloid published the names and addresses of 100 "top homos" and called for them to be hanged. In the days that followed its publication at least four of the gay Ugandans on the list were attacked and many others went into hiding, in fear for their lifes.

UgandaIn this clip, Giles Muhame, the tabloid's Managing Editor brags about how man issues the tabloid sold, saying, "I think Ugandans are interested in looking at pictures of homosexuals" and explaining how they use a special investigative technique called "disguise" to figure out who's gay and who's not.

Says Muhame:

"You pretend you're one of them. You Join them. You drink with them. You know all the members, you get their pictures at parties, you see? (laughs) And we got all the facts."

Muhame also says he did not call for them to be hanged (even though the tabloid's cover plainly said "hang them"). "The government does that," he explains.

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

Call Me Kuchu opens in New York today at Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street), and will open in Los Angeles next week Friday, June 21 at Laemmle's Music Hall (9036 Wilshire Blvd).

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Powerful Documentary 'Call Me Kuchu' Examines the Lives of Uganda's Brave Gay Activists: VIDEO

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I first posted about Call Me Kuchu back in April 2011 when the filmmakers were looking for funding on Kickstarter. The film documents the story of slain Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato and others prominent in that country's struggle.

The film will open on June 14th in New York and on June 21st in Los Angeles, with more markets to follow.

Kuchu has been on the festival circuit and won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary and the Cinema Fairbindet Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) and both the top jury award for best international feature and a top audience recognition at HotDocs in Toronto. The film is directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall.

Check out the powerful trailer for this must-see documentary, AFTER THE JUMP...

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PBS NewsHour Covers Danger for Gays in Uganda and Re-emergence of Anti-Homosexuality Bill: VIDEO

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PBS NewsHour did an excellent 8-minute piece last night on the re-emergence of the "kill the gays" bill in Uganda, slain activist David Kato, anti-gay evangelizing by American 'Christianists' like Scott Lively, Hillary Clinton's statement to the UN urging rights for LGBTs in Africa and abroad, and the dangerous political atmosphere for gays now.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Here's a companion article:

The bill's re-emergence this year is a direct, defiant result of the recent Obama administration move to use foreign aid to push gay rights. "Gay rights are human rights," declared Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

How Uganda's legislation fares this time around is anyone's guess. As journalists "parachuting in" to cover it, our recent experience may well serve as a proxy for how the legislation -- or homosexuality in general -- has become a third rail nobody wants to touch.

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Activists, Filmmakers Mark First Anniversary of David Kato Murder: VIDEO

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More than 100 Ugandan LGBT activists and family members gathered in Kampala today to mark the one year anniversary of the murder of the brave activist David Kato:

Gay rights activists speaking at the event called Kato, 46 at the time of his death, "the godfather" of the Ugandan gay movement and said that his passing had left a large void in the life of the country's gay community. "He always looked out for all of us even at times when we thought it was too difficult," Frank Mugisha, director of SMUG, said at the function in the garden of a hotel in central Kampala.

Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, the filmmakers behind Call Me Kuchu, a documentary on Kato and the Ugandan LGBT movement premiering February 11 at the Berlin Film Festival, have posted a touching piece on Kato and a clip from their documentary, on the NYT website:

During our first days in Kampala, a member of Parliament told us, “there is no longer a debate in Uganda as to whether homosexuality is right or not – it is not.” From what we knew of the pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill – which proposed death for H.I.V.-positive gay men and prison for anyone who failed to turn in a known homosexual – we were tempted to believe him.

But David showed us a different reality. Initially, he played something of a fixer, our main liaison with the L.G.B.T., or “kuchu” community. We soon realized, however, that the man known as the “grandfather of the kuchus” was one of the most outspoken and inspired activists in East Africa. The more time we spent documenting his work, the more evident it became that, contrary to the M.P.’s claim, David and his fellow activists were, in fact, generating real debate in Uganda. Kampala’s kuchus had begun to dismantle the country’s discriminatory status quo, and were working tirelessly to change their fate and that of others across Africa."

I posted about Kuchu last April while the filmmakers were still looking for funding on Kickstarter. I'm glad to see they found it, and turned in what looks like an incredible, important piece of film.

Watch the trailer for Call Me Kuchu, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Murderer of Ugandan Gay Rights Activist David Kato Gets 30 Years

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The man responsible for the murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, the Africa Review reports:

David_katoSidney Nsubuga Enoch (top photo), 22, committed the crime after Kato (right) repeatedly made sexual advances him, according to the prosecution evidence. The body of the deceased was discovered in a house by one Kizza Akram, who had earlier left the duo together.

The hunt for Nsubuga culminated in his arrest when he was spotted by residents in Mukono district, who alerted the police. He was arrested after which he admitted to the murder charges brought against him.

Efforts to reach leaders of Uganda’s gay community were futile as they are said to be out of the country to receive a special award recognising them for their struggle in the fight for gay rights in Uganda.

As the Africa Review mentioned, leaders of the Ugandan LGBT rights movement are in the U.S. to see Frank Mugisha receive the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in Washington today.

MugishaThe AP:

The 29-year-old Mugisha leads an underground group whose members routinely shift locations in Uganda for their safety. Uganda, a conservative East African nation, is one of more than 70 nations that have imposed laws against being gay.

Mugisha blames U.S. evangelical activists in particular for stoking fears and promoting homophobia with a 2009 visit and conference on "rehabilitation" for gays in Uganda. Since then, violence against gays has increased, he said.

It is the first time the award has been given to an activist working for LGBT rights.

More on Mugisha HERE.


Watch: Documentary on Struggle of Gays in Uganda

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Here's a trailer for a fascinating-looking documentary on the oppression of gays in Uganda looking for funding on Kickstarter. Call Me Kuchu (kuchu is the Ugandan term for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women) includes interviews with slain Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato and others prominent in that country's struggle.

"With unprecedented access to a tumultuous year – both hopeful and tragic –  for this small band of kuchus, Call Me Kuchu examines the astounding courage and determination required not only to battle an oppressive government, but also to maintain religious conviction in the face of the contradicting rhetoric of a powerful national church. As we paint a rare portrait of an activist community and its antagonists, our key question explores the concept of democracy: In a country where a judiciary increasingly recognizes the rights of individual kuchus, yet a popular vote and daily violence threaten to eradicate their rights altogether, can this small but spirited group bring about the political and religious change it seeks?"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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