It’s the 1980s and Johan (Schalk Bezuidenhout) loves pop music. When he’s called up to do his mandatory South African military service, thankfully he finds his way to the famed army choir – a place where he can express the burgeoning yearnings of his heart. And while he may struggle to find his place among the ragtag troop of fellow singers, all on the cusp of manhood, his bigger fight is with himself, especially when he starts having feelings for a pal.
In the coming-of-age genre, it can be hard for films to stand apart from the pack. Not Kanarie. Beautiful, funny, and just left of centre, it presents an achingly sharp and insightful portrayal of a young man who wants to dance, not walk, to the Bronski Beat of his own drum.
Winner 2018 Out On Film Atlanta Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature
Runner Up 2018 Out On Film Atlanta Audience Award Best International Film
Runner Up 2018 Outshine Film Festival Best Narrative Feature
"a winning combination of thoughtfulness and exuberance... a wise fusion of compassion and whimsy" - The Hollywood Reporter
Warning: Contains strobe lighting