South african, drama, 104 minutes, 2019
Audio: English, Afrikaans
Age limit: not recommended for children under 16 years of age
Directed by Oliver Hermanus
Starring Kai Luke Brummer, Wynand Ferreira, Barbara-Marié Immelmann, Michael Kirch
In an era of apartheid based on racial segregation and segregation, Nicholas knows well to hide, if not just deny himself.
He is different from the others, and this difference is something shameful and unacceptable in the ’80s in South Africa. In the Afrikaans (Boer) language, there is an insultingly obscene word for it: moffie.
The country, ruled by a white minority, wants to stop communism on the Angolan border, and to do so, every white man over the age of 16 is required to serve in the army.
Military service simultaneously protects and sustains the system itself, and with it the toxic, racist macho, in which two elements have no place: the “black danger” and the “moffies”. For Nicholas, the enemy’s soldiers thus pose at least as much danger as his own comrades.
Based on an autobiographical novel by André Carl van der Merwe, Moffie made his debut in the Queer Lion category at the Venice Film Festival and then won a Critics Award at the Dublin International Film Festival.