Sando to Samantha: Aka the Art of Dikvel | Chicago Reader

Sando to Samantha: Aka the Art of Dikvel

Jack Lewis and Thulanie Phungula's 52-minute video is an engaging portrait of a young drag queen drafted into the South African army, where he promptly finds several “husbands.” He's given an AIDS test without his knowledge, and when the positive results are made public he's forcibly isolated. Based on a true story, this docudrama mixes the reenacted story with interviews with the real Sando in the hospital, the strongest things in the piece—Sando speaks with a striking mix of singsong and stop-start rhythms, and his face frequently shows complex mixes of emotion no actor could equal. The real Sando died soon after, at 22.

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