Canary (Kanarie)


Drafted during apartheid by the South African Army, Johan’s love for Boy George and Depeche Mode lands him a spot in the Kanaries — the military’s traveling choir — but romance on the battlefield forces him to reckon with his long-repressed sexual identity. Examining the effects of nationalism on the soul, while also exploring the tender brotherhood among misfits, this musical comedy revels in the discovery of finding your voice and learning to fly.

North American Premiere

SAT | July 21 | DGA 1 | 9:30 PM

Director: Christiaan Olwagen

South Africa | 120 minutes| 2018

Afrikaans with English subtitles

Pre Screening Reception:

DGA Atrium | 7:30 – 9:30 PM


Director Bio: 

Christiaan Olwagen’s film debut was in 2013 at the Silwerskerm Festival in Cape Town, with the short film Toevlug. The short won Best Director, Screenplay and Best Short Film. His feature film debut was in 2016 with Johnny is nie Dood nie. It won Best Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, Art Direction, Music, Best Director and Best Film at the Silwerskerm Festival. It has been described by South African critics as a landmark in Afrikaans cinema. He is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.