Kanarie

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Title: Kanarie
Direction: Christiaan Olwagen
Cast: Schalk Bezuidenhout, Hannes Otto, Germandt Geldenhuys, Gérard Rudolf, Jacques Bessenger
Production: Marche Media
Distribution: The Film Festival Doctor Limited
Genre: Dramatic comedy
Duration: 120’
Country: South Africa
Year: 2018

O.V. in Afrikaner and English. Subtitles in Spanish and Catalan

Festivals: Amsterdam (Rozen Filmdagen, LGBT), Atlanta (Out on Film, LGBT), Chicago (Reeling, LGBT), Cape Town (Silwerskerm), Fort Lauderdale (USA, LGBT), Giffoni (Italy), Kiev (Molodist), Los Angeles (OutFest, LGBT), Miami (OutShine, LGBT), New York (NewFest, LGBT), Rochester (ImageOut, LGBT), San José (Costa Rica ), Seattle (Twist, LGBT), Sydney (South African cinema), Toronto & Ottawa (InsideOut, LGBT), Toronto & Vancouver (South African cinema)

Set in South Africa in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion, and war, Kanarie follows a teen boy, Johan Niemand, who has always been bullied in his small town for his flair for British new wave music and love of Boy George. After he gets called on by the military and auditions for the Canaries (the South African Defence Force Church Choir and Concert Group), he believes the choir will be his ticket out of fighting the war, but he begins to see the role he plays in the oppression and injustice around him. On tour, he develops feelings for a fellow Canary and he starts to question everything he knows about himself, leading to a confrontation with his commanding officers. Kanarie is a love story. A film about finding individuality in a world of oppression and uniformity.

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