Set in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion, and the bush war, we follow a teen boy, 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 up, he auditions for the Canaries (the South African Defence Force Church Choir and Concert Group), believing that the choir will be his ticket out of fighting the war. However 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. In Afrikaans language with English subtitles.

130 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Nudity, Violence, Prejudice).
Drama, Gay interest, War, Afrikaans, South African, On the art circuit
We are canaries not birds...
We are canaries not birds...


Schalk Bezuidenhout, Hannes Otto, Germandt Geldenhuys, Gérard Rudolf, Jacques Bessenger, Beer Adriaanse
Christiaan Olwagen
ScreenplayCharl-Johan Lingenfelder, Christiaan Olwagen
MusicCharl-Johan Lingenfelder
CinematographyChris Vermaak
EditingEva Du Preez
Made in2018
Produced byMarche Media

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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Gabi Zietsman quote iconKanarie is another step in cementing top-notch quality in our local film scene, which over the last few years has grown into a spectacular cinematic movement, one that only needs the support of our local audiences. The film shows just one side of the Apartheid oppression (the oppression of black South Africans is adequately covered) but that it wasn’t just a physical oppression of laws – it was an oppression that is ingrained in your spiritual life, your family and even yourself, and finally breaking free from that cage can be as terrifying as it is liberating.

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