Sedona Film Fest presents ‘Moffie’ premiere April 23-29

Powerful and thought-provoking drama comes to Mary D. Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the acclaimed drama “Moffie” showing April 23-29 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Oliver Hermanus explores the toxic masculinity of Apartheid-era South Africa and the twin forces of racism and homophobia that fed it in “Moffie” – a powerful drama about a young gay military conscript trying to remain invisible.

To be a moffie is to be weak, effeminate, illegal. The year is 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the Apartheid regime.

The threat of communism and “die swart gevaar” (the so-called black danger) is at an all-time high. But that’s not the only danger Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army – something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit.

“ ‘Moffie’ – the piercing, perfectly formed new film from Oliver Hermanus – is a masterpiece in the true sense of the term … one quite stunning feat of formal and narrative artistry, establishing him quite plainly as South Africa’s most vital contemporary filmmaker.” – Variety

“Moffie” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre April 23-29. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24; and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, April 28 and 29.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit:

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A young conscript’s task to survive his military service is made all the more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit in the acclaimed new drama “Moffie”.

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