After racking up awards at its Venice International Film Festival premiere last year, the film Moffie has just been released in the UK on Curzon Home Cinema. Check out the trailer, and make a note for when this remarkable film comes to your country.
The term moffie is an Afrikaans slur for “gay man.” Writer-director Oliver Hermanus‘ adaptation of the novel of the same name by André Carl van der Merwe includes Kai Luke Brummer as Nicholas, a reserved soldier who is not out, and Ryan de Villiers as Dylan.
Set in apartheid-era South Africa during the 1981 border conflict with Communist Angola, military age men were conscripted into service. From the synopsis:
To be a moffie is to be weak, effeminate, illegal. The year is 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the Apartheid regime.
The threat of communism and “die swart gevaar” (the so-called black danger) is at an all-time high. But that’s not the only danger Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army – something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit.
Check out the film’s website for more info and release schedule.
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