ALICE DEVOY reviews Oliver Hermanus’s film set on the frontiers of South African Apartheid. ‘You aren’t people any more. You are scabs: flaky, yellow, pus-filled scabs.’ And with these words we are baptised along with 18-year-old Nick Van de Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) into the South African Military. Set in 1981 during compulsory conscription and the border war between South Africa and Angola, Oscar Hamanus’s Moffie (2019) adds to the established South African genre of grensliteratuur, or, ‘Border Literature’; the film is a triumph that teeters on the edges of borders, exploring the constructed margins that shore up identity.  What with this year’s The Lighthouse and Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the sea seems to have an irresistible pull currently for films exploring the theme of identity. Is this a result of the general mellowing of our contours, our search for something more malleable to define ourselves through? With…Continue Reading

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