Kanarie is the gay coming-of-age war-musical-romance you didn’t know you needed

Set in South Africa in 1985, against a backdrop of apartheid, religion, and war, Kanarie follows a teen boy, Johan Niemand (played by Schalk Bezuidenhout), 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, Johan 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.

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