Opens Apr 16, 2021
Moffie is an essential and thunderous story of a young gay man caught in the atrocities of Apartheid-era South Africa's conscription in the Cold War proxy-campaign against Communist Angola. The film is miraculously equal parts Full Metal Jacket and Call Me By Your Name — pitting the deafening internal cruelties of the military against near-silent, concealed moments of rapturous human connection between men.
Visceral, devastating, and achingly beautiful, Moffie treads similarly transcendental ground as The Thin Red Line, while offering an unparalleled illustration of the depth of the inhumanity core to South Africa's Apartheid system, and the relatively recent end of a historical campaign of global white supremacy — a campaign that, too, required the cultural and legal suppression of homosexuality to uphold the galvanizing myth of purity. The film also represents a breakthrough for contemporary South African cinema and a larger national reckoning with its history."