The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) has announced that it’s proud to present a series of films focused on LGBTQ stories from around the world.
This diverse selection of films speak to the diversity of experiences from within the LGBTQ community and yet also resonate strongly with universal themes of love, acceptance, and self-discovery.
Two African films, one from South Africa and one from Nigeria, will have red carpet premieres during the festival.
The South African Premiere of the film Kanarie on October 10th at 8:30pm SK Nouveau V&A Waterfront (https://www.kanariefilm.com/) The film, directed by Christiaan Olwagen and starring Schalk Bezuidenhout has won numerous awards.
Set in South Africa in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion, and war, Kanarie 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 Kanaries (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.