Sando to Samantha aka the art of dikvel

Jack Lewis and Thulanie Phungula

1998, 50:00 minutes, colour, Afrikaans with English Subtitles


"Sando to Samantha" is the true story of Sando Willemse, aka Samantha Fox, a black drag queen turned soldier in the South African Defence Force. And did she turn soldiers! Sando perfected the art of 'dikvel' - a real thick skinned queen who never let life's challenges get the better of him. Having survived, thrived and found a place in the army, Sando was tested for HIV without his permission. His HIV+ status was disclosed to his entire squad by the army command and he was summarily discharged. He turned to the road to survive, finding a new home and support from other drag queens working Cape Town's streets. He died of HIV related causes in 1996 aged 22 years. This docudrama is narrated by Sando and blends interview and drama to provide testimony to his courage and daring.

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