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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



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




Glitterboys and Ganglands

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  This documentary was shot in 2010 but because the setting is the rather deprived Cape Flats area of Cape Town in South Africa, it has a very distinctly old fashioned feel to it.  The area is populated by ‘Coloureds‘ a multi-racial ethnic group, and time has definitely stood still for the local populace, especially … Continue reading



The Wound

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Understanding the rites of passage for other cultures other than one’s own is often tough, but this new movie, the debut feature from white South African filmmaker John Trengove, focuses on an African tribal ritual that seems positively unbearable, and nigh on impossible to understand.  Shot in a remote part of his country, it is the story … Continue reading



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