Call Me Kuchu is the documentary about Uganda and the life of David Kato, the first out-of-the-closet gay man in the country that made homosexuality a crime punishable by death. The war on the LGBT community and struggle of Kato to live day to day was captured in this award-winning doc film and director Katherine Fairfax Wright shares the film in this BYOD interview.
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BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.
CALL ME KUCHU is co-directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali Worrall. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and has since garnered over 18 awards at film festivals around the world including the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at Berlin, Best International Doc at Hot Docs, and the Audience Award at Frameline. The film is on DVD and Movies on Demand now.
Katherine Fairfax Wright graduated from Columbia University with a double major in Film Studies and Anthropology. She produced
GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY (2010), associate-produced the award-winning documentary LUMO, and has worked in a producing role on several other films. She is also an award-winning photographer. Katherine is a Chaz & Roger Ebert Directing Fellow, as well as an alumnus of the Film Independent Documentary Lab, the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant at Full Frame, and the Film Independent Producing Lab.
00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
01:00 Introducing Katherine Fairfax Wright.
01:40 Call Me Kuchu trailer.
04:30 Directing Call Me Kuchu.
08:30 Call Me Kuchu – a look at the Ugandan LGBT community.
11:20 Ugandan LGBT laws.
16:40 Call Me Kuchu – Ugandan woman speaks with anti-gay man.
21:40 Call Me Kuchu – Long Jones faces imminent danger.
27:00 David Kato’s death and funeral.
32:50 Call Me Kuchu – David Kato’s gay village.
34:50 Help out at Callmekuchu.com/act.
37:40 Advice on choosing a subject and distribution.
43:30 Thanks and goodbye.