The award-wining documentary Call Me Kuchu is now available on DVD and digital download.

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.

While editing the film, Wright and Zouhali-Worrall learned of Kato's murder.

“We had essentially documented the entire last year of his life, and since his life was cut short, we had been filming during a time when he was at the pinnacle of his activism, when his philosophies and oration were most concrete and well-formulated,” Zouhali-Worrall said. “Therefore, both of us felt the responsibility to honor his life by making the best film we could.”

Call Me Kuchu has won nearly two dozen awards, including the Teddy Award for best documentary at the Berlin Film Festival. (A trailer for the film is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)