‘Call Me Kuchu,’ Gay Persecution Documentary Screening at Washington College April 18


On Thursday, April 18, 2013, one day before the National Day of Silence, brand-new, award-winning documentary ‘Call Me Kuchu’ will be screened and followed by an open-space discussion, as a part of a campus-wide human rights campaign to call awareness to the many types of persecution that are faced by the LGBT community throughout the world.

This is a unique opportunity for the Chestertown community to learn about and become a part of something profound and impactful. Winner of the Amnesty International Human Rights Award, the Human Rights Award, Best Documentary, and Best International Feature, the documentary follows the lives of David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, and Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo as they work to defeat a Ugandan bill that would make homosexuality punishable by death. The film details the many types of discrimination, oppression, and persecution that members of the LGBT community face in Uganda and brings light to these types of human rights violations worldwide.

Sponsored by the Louis L. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, and in part by the Student Events Board and EROS (Encouraging Respect of Sexuality), two student-run organizations at Washington College, the documentary will be shown at 7:30 PM in Norman James Theater.

The documentary showing is a part of a human rights campaign, titled ‘Could you live without…’ The objective of the campaign is to raise awareness of the cruel human rights violations, and many types of persecution, that are perpetrated against LGBT people worldwide. We hope that through the title and concept of this campaign we can encourage members of the Washington College and Chestertown community to reflect upon how important the rights to equality, justice, dignity, and security are in their own lives, and how their lives might be different if they were denied these very rights.

To accompany the documentary screening, the campaign will also consist of a photography exhibit, available to view on April 18, 2013 in Martha Washington Square, on Washington College’s campus. The purpose of this exhibit is twofold. First, we hope this exhibit will increase community awareness of our campaign as well as of the many types of persecution that are faced by LGBT people worldwide. Second, the exhibit is meant to convey the awareness and support of our community for this cause. Each of the photographed community members, by participating in this campaign, have recognized the egregiousness of such forms of persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and have additionally demonstrated their support for ending such crimes against humanity.


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