Saturday, March 13, 2021

PSYCHOLOGICAL VIOLENCE AND INSTITUTIONALIZED HOMOPHOBIA EXPOSED IN AWARD WINNING SOUTH AFRICAN PERIOD SET DRAMA MOFFIE

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Continuing our international updates, today we're moving down to South Africa and their Bafta nominated movie MOFFIE set in the Apartheid South Africa, which will be released in USA April 9th on VOD and selected
After playing around the world Moffie airs in USA April
theatres. Written and directed by Oliver Hermanus, the movie explores the life of a closeted young boy serving his mandatory military service in 1980s South Africa, and exposes the psychological violence of institutionalized homophobia.
Nicholas (Kai Luke Brummer) has long known he is different, that there is something shameful and unacceptable in him that must stay hidden, denied even. But South Africa's minority government are embroiled in conflict at the Angolian border and all white young men over 16 must serve two years of compulsory military service. The communism is the real and present threat; what is wrong with Nicholas and others like him can be rooted out, treated
The title of the film is a derogatory word for a homosexual in Africaans
and cured like a cancer. But just when fear pushes Nicholas to accept unspeakable horrors in the hopes of staying invisible, a tender relationship with another recruit becomes as dangerous for them both as any enemy fire.

11 comments:

  1. Something tells me this one doesn't have a happy ending. While we've made great strides in evolving perceptions of those in the LGBTQ community, we still have a LONG way to go. I mean, it hasn't even been 10 years since our own Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was revoked from the military. My nephew didn't even come out until after he was discharged (though we all knew he was gay, he just wouldn't say it out loud until he was able to serve). That tells me that there is still a lot of work to be done for equality for all who serve their country, no matter who they choose to love privately.

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    1. Our country is supposed to declare a law this summer which allows for LGBT marriages, and the posts about it have such incredible amount of hateful comments, you wouldn't believe it. Like you will have a hundred primitive, evil comments on it and just one positive and that positive will get dozens of violent replies. In my country gay people are beaten in the streets, called sick and disgusting, molested, and everybody thinks it's OK and that it is how it should be. Even though our prime ministress is a lesbian (an evil one, though).

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    2. That makes me so sad. I always thought European attitudes towards homosexuality were a lot better than the Americas. Of course, we still have those Bible belt hicks that always have something negative to say about the gay community, but most people here are pretty accepting. However, the transgender community is not tolerated and that makes me fearful for Mariah and Ky. They'll probably have to move to a liberal shit hole just for a little safety from the hate that could come their way once people know Ky has transitioned. Even people that know me and are close with me say horrible things about trans people or share ugly memes on their Facebook page about trans people knowing that I am going to see it. I've had to cut ties with family and friends because of it because if it comes to them or my kid and who she chooses to love, my kid is going to win every. damn. time.

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    3. We're not Europe, we're patriarchal Balkans. Even out recently deceased patriarch threw a curse once on gay people and then God punished him with covid LOL
      I too have a number of friends over at Facebook who do not approve of gayness and are not ashamed to share it with the world. Sometimes I wipe the floor with them, but most of the times I just don't have the strength.

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  2. Well, ain't we all different and unique? It's a beautiful thing. I look forward to the film.

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    1. It is sad that even today not much has changed when it comes to the amount of hatred 'different' people are exposed to.

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  3. I've watched it last year, actually. 🙂 It was alright but, I fast-forwarded it because it was slow for my taste. 🤷‍♂️

    Military moments were interesting, and so is his relationship with significant other. That's what confused me. Thought it was going to be a happy end, then it seems like it wasn't. 😏

    Yeah, I guess everyone who watches it will decide themselves. 😉

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    1. They probably wanted to make it as it was in reality as it is really based on a true life memoirs, and the writer probably did not have a happy end for his bromance either, sadly.

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  4. Homophobia exists everywhere still, it’s quite sad. I actually had to have a talk with my 7 year old recently about it. How sad is that?! One of her friends has two dads and she couldn’t believe that they kiss. Turns out another little boy was making fun of her friend which is how all the kids on the bus found out. Luckily, Luciana is a warrior and sat next to her friend on the bus the next day (after our talk). She told the little boy that if he doesn’t leave them alone, she would rip his squishee in half which is ended the trading for now. The whole event taught me that parents are passing down these evil thoughts to a whole new generation!

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    1. Has ended the teasing** ugh to auto correct!

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    2. Parents are always passing the evil onto kids, racism too, like when they teach their kids that the white people will hate them and be nasty to them, why would you put dirt on a clean soul like that.

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