Directed by CHRISTIAAN OLWAGEN
Seventeen-year-old Johan is a small-town boy whose love for Boy George and Depeche Mode makes him an easy target for bullying from the neighborhood kids. When he gets drafted during apartheid by the South African Army, Johan is accepted into the Kanaries, the military’s traveling choir. Johan’s innate musical gifts are embraced by his fellow misfits, but as the tour continues, his eyes are opened to the oppression and injustice around him. At the same time, his long-repressed sexual identity, heightened by an illicit affair with one of his fellow songbirds, threatens to push him into the danger zone. Set in the mid-80s, this dramedy with vibrant musical numbers artfully explores issues of sexuality, patriotism, and the power of individuality – all set to a throbbing new wave beat.