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Canary R21
Advisory: Some Homosexual ContentDirector: Christiaan Olwagen
Genre: Musical drama
Stars: Schalk Bezuidenhout, Hannes Otto
Duration: 123 minLanguage: Afrikaans with English Subtitles

Best Director, Best Narrative Feature, Best International Narrative - Out on Film, Atlanta

When Johan Niemand, gets called up for military service at the age of 18 in 1986 South Africa, he auditions and is accepted to the SADF Choir called the ‘Canaries’. Against a landscape where law and religion oppress individuality, Johan and the Canaries have to survive military training and go on a nationwide tour of the country, travelling from town to town, entertaining people whilst also fortifying the belief in the military effort and promoting the cause of both Church and State.

On tour, Johan falls in love with a fellow choir mate and starts to question everything about himself and his world. He meets a myriad of characters; some proud of the choir efforts and others who awaken him to the realities and truth of Apartheid South Africa. As Johan starts questioning his religion, patriotism, and sexuality, his emerging creativity and passion for music leads to direct conflict with his commanding officers.