Canary (Kanarie)


Canary (Kanarie)

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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 South African Defence 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.

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Critic Reviews for Canary (Kanarie)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

  • [A] rich, poignant and finely observed musical-drama.

    Jun 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This surprisingly fun musical examines the effects of nationalism on a tender soul, and the bond of brotherhood among misfits.

    Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jude Dry

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  • Olwagen's third feature is a winning combination of thoughtfulness and exuberance that could translate into international theatrical play beyond its fest run.

    Jul 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • What's fantastic, though, is that [it] juxtaposes this inner turmoil with the greater problems facing South Africa in the 80s.

    Jul 15, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a provocative, involving journey to self-acceptance.

    Jun 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While there are cliched moments and the odd didactic part, the film overcomes these issues thanks to strong characterizations and great performances.

    Jun 18, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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