Call Me Kuchu

It's fair to compare Uganda's David Kato to the United States' Harvey Milk: Both were openly gay activists railing against a broken, discriminatory system, gaining fame as uncompromising advocates of LGBT equality. Milk addressed throngs at San Francisco's City Hall and early gay pride marches, enjoining crowds to "[b]urst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight." Kato appealed to the United Nations on behalf of his persecuted African gay brothers and sisters, or kuchus, as they are called in his native tongue, warning, "If we keep on hiding, they will say we're not here." And both were assassinated before their shared struggle would come to fruition. The winner of numerous festival prizes for excellence in documentary filmmaking, Malika Zouali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright's Call Me Kuchu, screening at 14 Pews, recounts the story of Kato's fight against Uganda's proposed "anti-homosexuality" laws, which seek —yes, in the 21st century — to punish not only gays, but also those who would defend them, with the death penalty. Kato is gone, but eightysomething Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, an Anglican holy man expelled from the Ugandan diocese for his support of LGBT equality, remains dedicated to the fight.

7 p.m. 800 Aurora. For information, call 281-888-9677 or visit 14pews.org. Free to $10.
Thu., Sept. 26, 7 p.m., 2013

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Nancy Ford
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