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


by Jack Lewis


South Africa / 2000 / 56mins / Documentary / Afrikaans and English

Before South Africa’s apartheid government in the 1970’s destroyed District Six, 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.

About the Director

Jack Lewis

Jack Lewis is a Cape Town-based producer and director. His documentaries, made by his production company Idol Pictures, have been broadcast locally and shown at numerous international film festivals. He has made several films on HIV/AIDS, including Beat It! Your Guide to Better Living with HIV/AIDS (produced and directed, 22 parts x 25 mins each, 1999/2000 for eTV). Die Duiwel Maak My Hart So Seer: Children Speak (1993, 55 min. for SABC 3. Dir. Zackie Achmat, Prod. Jack Lewis) won first prize at the International Forum for Child Welfare in the Programmes for Public Screening category and an award for direction at the NTVA awards. Jack Lewis’ work has covered sexuality and gender issues, youth education, housing, programmes on land grants for the Department of Land Affairs, and language programmes for The National Language Project. He completed his first feature film, Proteus, with John Grayson in 2002. His other works include Sando to Samantha, AKA the Art of Dikvel (1998), A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continues – 2001), Brothers in Arms (2007) and TAC, Taking HAART (2011). Learn More