KANARIE is a coming-of-age musical war drama, set in South Africa in 1985, about a young boy who discovers how through hardship, camaraderie, first love, and the liberating freedom of music, the true self can be discovered.
Set in South Africa in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion, and war, KANARY follows a teen boy, Johan Niemand, 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, 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.
Eusebius McKaiser spoke to John Lingenfelder who is co-writer of the film and columnist Marianne Thamm about the movie.
The movie is very personal.— John Lingenfelder, co-writer of the film
We stuck to the facts on how this story unpacked.— John Lingenfelder, co-writer of the film
Listen to the full conversation below...