South Africa
120 min.
Afrikaans & English


Wednesday, May. 1 at 9:15pm

“Canary” is a love story about removing the yoke of uniformity and finding individuality in a world of hatred, war, and oppression. Set in South Africa in 1985 — against the backdrop of apartheid — “Canary” is the coming-of-age story of Johan (Schalk Bezuidenhout), a shy and effeminate teen whose love of British new-wave music and Boy George has resulted in bullying in his small town. As part of his compulsory two-year military training, Johan is chosen for the South African Defence Force Choir and Concert Group, known as the Canaries, and he hopes the choir will serve as a way out of fighting on behalf of the brutal apartheid regime. But when he develops feelings for a fellow Canary while on tour, Johan soon recognizes the role he plays in the oppression and injustice that surround him. As he begins to question everything he knows about himself, Johan’s new awareness leads to a confrontation with his commanding officers. 


Christiaan Olwagen

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