A Normal Daughter, The Life and Times of Kewpie of District Six

Jack Lewis

2000, 58:00 minutes, colour


Before South Africa’s apartheid government destroyed District Six in the 1970s, being gay, or “moffie,” was an accepted part of this racially and religiously diverse community in Cape Town. Kewpie's hairdressing salon was the epicenter of this culture, a meeting place where the “girls” organized drag balls and cabaret performances, all of which are captured through her amazing collection of snapshots. Cape Town's District Six was physically destroyed by South Africa's apartheid government in the 1970s. A Normal Daughter, The Life and Times of Kewpie of District Six recovers much ignored memories of gay life in District Six. Long before the emergence of the post-Stonewall gay scene in Cape Town, life in District Six was open and out - an accepted part of this racially and religiously diverse community. Here gays, were known as moffies, and moffie style became part of District Six. Kewpie's world revolved around her hairdressing salon. From here the 'girls' organized elaborate drag balls, cabaret performances and moffie concerts. They colonized clubs, monopolized the hunkiest guys, prepared food for weddings and funerals, styled everybody's hair and looked after neighbours' children. Kewpie narrates these stories, through her lovingly preserved collection of snapshots, weaving us through District Six, her world and its memories.

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