MOFFIE : a harrowing coming-of-age tale

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  The fact that ‘moffie’ is the South African equivalent of ‘faggot’ sets the tone for one of the most harrowing coming-of-age films we have ever seen.  It is set in South Africa in 1981 in the midst of apartheid where the white minority still dominate and persecute the ‘colored’ population.  They however are not … Continue reading

Moffie : Soldier stripped bare 

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  At one point in this movie the lead character, Nicholas Van der Swar (Kai Luke Brummer) is warned “Try to stay invisible” but there is nowhere to hide as director Oliver Hermanus slowly and powerfully strips individuality and intimacy away from him. Conscripted at sixteen into the white supremacist army defending the apartheid of … Continue reading

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