'Moffie': The controversial title, the director, the cast, and the review


The South African war film Moffie opens in local cinemas on Friday, 13 March after a triumphant circuit of film festivals across the globe where it was hailed a cinematic tour de force.

Channel24 dug deeper into this local gem with a roundtable conversation with the cast, a one-on-one sitdown with director Oliver Hermanus, a look into the meaning behind the controversial title, and an in-depth five-star review.

THE CAST

There we sat. Four young South African men who all had fathers in the South African Defence Force (SADF) during the border war. Yet, none of us had ever had an open discussion with them about what they experienced, and the ripple effect the war has had on our present. (Listen to the full podcast here)

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THE DIRECTOR

I had imagined starting this interview piece like some glossy print magazine in which the journalist first paints a portrait set against the backdrop of a lonely café or swanky bar and then bonds with his subject matter like two familiar friends meeting again (for the first time ever). It turned out to be something much more powerful. (Read the full interview here)

Director Oliver Hermanus on the set of the film 'M

THE TITLE

The word “moffie” has been used for many years to shame and dehumanise men in South Africa. Choosing this provocative word for the film’s title was a very carefully considered and deliberate decision. (Watch the video here)

Kai Luke Brummer in 'Moffie.' (Facebook/Moffie Fil

THE REVIEW

Moffie is a war within a war, and war is never beautiful. It's a brave battle of self-acceptance without the jubilation of victory. Because there never truly is a winner in war. (Read the full review here)

(Photos: Supplied/Moffie film/Getty Images)