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  • Summary: In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one, not even the filmmakers, is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes the movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jun 14, 2013
    90
    Horrific and uplifting.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Jun 11, 2013
    90
    What makes Kuchu work as taut agitprop, and ultimately to devastating emotional effect, is that Wright and Zouhali-Worrall allow the enormity of the film's political concerns to be telegraphed through the stories, experiences, and astute analysis of ordinary queer folk and their hetero allies.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 13, 2013
    90
    This is a scary but inspiring film with real heroes and villains.
  4. Reviewed by: Carmen Gray
    May 30, 2013
    80
    A timely, gut-wrenching but ultimately hopeful work.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    May 30, 2013
    80
    While a local filmmaker’s perspective may have brought more dimensions, the coverage of events here is impressive and on the mark.
  6. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    May 30, 2013
    80
    As angry and unflinching a piece of documentary filmmaking as you'll see this year.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jun 12, 2013
    58
    Apart from its laudable goal of raising awareness, the film doesn’t have much to offer.

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  1. Jul 6, 2013
    6
    In Uganda, it's not only illegal to be gay, they're trying to pass a bill to make it punishable by death. This doc follows David Kato, the country's first openly gay man, and his fellow activists as they talk about their struggles and literally fight for their lives. There's no technique to this film. It tracks these people, their enemies and the events with an often shaky, out of focus camera. Without any pretensions, it manages to convey the message in a disquieting, yet effective style. Collapse

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