Ukho Samela, also known as Sis Tamera, captivated the hearts of South Africans in Big Brother Mzansi season three. Sis Tamara will appear in Mjita Wam, a new indie LGBTQI+ short film. Gustaph Mokaba Nkgweng, a rising actor, will share the spotlight with the Big Brother Mzansi participant.
Directed by Anathi Siyungu and produced by Louie-Vincent Office, Mjita Wam explores two men who meet in the park and get to know each other over a smoke session. While sitting in the park, they learn interesting information about each other.
Sis Tamara and Gustaph Nkgweng highlight that the short film is necessary for the growth and visibility of the LGBTQI+ community.
“This story is very different from the current films that explore sexuality, be it internationally or locally. It is a real life depiction of events that filmmakers tend to shy from for either personal reasons or otherwise,” they said.
“We are very proud of this project and we hope to do more work that can add to this new journey for us.”
Mjita Wam was initially set to be a series but the production team decided to make it a short film due to many factors. Sis Tamara recalls the audition process as “very comfortable and easy-going”.
“The creators allowed me to perform something that I felt comfortable with during the audition process. I usually am not the audition type due to how I get nervous and a bit scared, but the crew made me feel so comfortable and seen.”
Sis Tamara’s co-star, Nkgweng added: “Working with [Sis Tamera] was amazing, he is a talented and hard-working individual and he deserves all the recognition he gets from those qualities he poses.”
The film is set to premiere later this month.
Speaking to Drum, Sis Tamera said he was slightly relieved to be leaving the Big Brother Mzansi. “But I am bummed that I lost out on the R2 million,” added Tamara.
Tamara added that he’ll be returning to school to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television.
“I am definitely finishing that so I can be a trained and qualified filmmaker.”
“I am a canvas; the industry can do what it will with me. But I am big on securing the bag and making money.”