Christiaan Olwagen; 2018; South Africa; 123 min.; in Afrikaans with English subtitles; Northwest Premiere
At the height of apartheid, Johan (comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout), a small-town army draftee with an affinity for Depeche Mode and Boy George, joins the South African military’s traveling glee club—the “Canaries”—for his compulsory two-year service. On the nationwide tour to promote the military and the state, his growing feelings for a fellow choir member cause him to question his long-repressed sexuality and his patriotism—and to find his voice. Featuring award-winning actor Gerard Rudolph, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, and a host of cameo roles by some big names in South African TV and film, this coming-of-age musical hits all the right notes.
Content Warnings: Nudity, Non-Explicit Sexual Situations, Implied Violence, and Vulgar Language