The award-wining documentary Call Me Kuchu opens Friday in New York City and next Friday in Los Angeles.

The film documents activist David Kato's fight for gay rights in Uganda.

Kato, known as Uganda's first openly gay man, was brutally murdered in his Kampala home on January 26, 2011. He fought to repeal Uganda's anti-gay laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, known as “kuchus.”

Filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall followed Kato as he and his fellow activists fought against passage of a controversial bill that sought to increase the penalties against homosexuality in a nation where it is already a crime. The new bill proposes death under certain circumstances.

In a clip from the film released Friday, Giles Muhame, managing editor of the Rolling Stone newspaper, discusses the paper's decision to print the names and photographs of gay activists – including Kato's picture – under the headline “Hang Them.”

“We are quoting a church leader who called for the hanging of homosexuals,” Muhame says in the clip. “So, we are not telling people to hang. No, in Uganda people do not hang their fellow, it's government that does that.”

Muhame says that the paper infiltrated the gay community for the story.

“You pretend that 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?”

He goes on to defend putting the lives of gay men and lesbians at risk by suggesting that gays are pedophiles.

“If your intent is to take minors to your bedroom, then we shall surely raid your house. … We shall ignore the right of privacy in the interest of the public.”

In a second clip, the bill's author, MP David Bahati, insists that gay people are recruiting young people into homosexuality and that being gay is not a recognized human right in Uganda. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Call Me Kuchu has won nearly two dozen awards, including the Teddy Award for best documentary at the Berlin Film Festival.