South African Queer War Drama ‘Moffie’: Repression, Intimacy, War and Apartheid: REVIEW
‘Moffie’ is released today at select theaters and on digital and VOD by IFC Films
There is a traditional image of military might that emphasizes strength above all else, to the detriment of individualism and often humanity. We’ve seen this portrayed many times in disturbing fashion in movies and television (not to mention real life), as drill sergeants and other commanding officers work to crush the spirits of their charges and “toughen” them up so that their weaknesses will be rooted out. This can obviously have truly scarring effects, felt both during and after service. A powerful showcase of that phenomenon is on display in director Oliver Hermanus’ new film Moffie, opening Friday.
In the same way that Confederate battalions aren’t fondly remembered in America, white men who fought