Moffie
Moffie

Moffie

International Showcase

Moffie

Directed by: Oliver Hermanus

South Africa/UK, 2019, 99m

Afrikaans/English

East Coast Premiere

Nicholas, a 16-year-old boy, is drafted for two years of mandatory military service in order to learn and uphold the apartheid regime in 1981 South Africa. The threat of communism at the Angolan border and “the black danger” is viewed as a looming threat to South Africa’s way of life. However, going to war is not the only danger Nicholas faces. He knows he’s different and must keep his true identity hidden for fear of being humiliated, beaten, or worse: drugged to the point of delirium and thrown in a psych ward with the clinically insane. Another recruit tells him, “Do what you can to stay invisible.” This becomes his survival tactic until he meets a soldier facing the same danger, and a connection grows between them, making them both even more susceptible to punishment. Nominated for awards at the 2019 Venice and London Film Festivals, along with three British Independent Film Awards, Moffie is an incredibly powerful drama and sobering look at vicious intolerance and toxic masculinity.

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