FILM TITLE: KANARIE
GENRE:
CONSUMER ADVICE: 16 L N P S V
DISTRIBUTOR: STER KINEKOR ENTERTAINMENT
DIRECTOR: CHRISTIAAN OLEWAGEN
MAIN CAST: ANNA-MART VAN DER MERWE,SCHALK BEZUIDENHUIT
LANGUAGE: Frequent, strong impact, demeaning
NUDITY: Infrequent, show genitals, non-sexual
PREJUDICE: Fairly frequent, group stereotype against homosexuals
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: Infrequent, moderate impact, physical, emotional and psychological
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: The material contains complex and mature themes such as choral music, national service, unity, religion, bullying, romance, guilt, homosexuality, conservative societies, love across boundaries, freedom of sexual choice and expression, liberation, friendships, talent as a singer, going through a military conscription programme, struggling from sexual identity crisis, finding oneself, self acceptance, being distressed, confused, frustrated and group stereotype prejudice. Themes are presented in a manner that would be psychologically threatening, emotional with the central themes being of demeaning and rejecting homosexuality through out the film. The film also contains elements such as frequent crude language which is inappropriate for children. However the positive resolution, artistic and dramatic value and potentially comforting pro social messages to teenagers in a similar situation, mitigates the impact. There is no hate speech and there are contextual messages against it, which cognitively mature reasonable viewers older than 16 should be able to comprehend. These elements serve the purpose of authentically telling the story and provoking thought due to their impact. The use of language in the film serves several purposes; as a contextual message against such language use, conveys the tone and atmosphere in the country during the apartheid era, the conscription army culture and gives almost an indication of the cultural shock that young conscripts (often from Afrikaner background) must have experienced when being confronted with the harsh new realities. Themes are justified by context of the 80's and during the apartheid era of conservative thoughts by the general society, particularly within the Afrikaner society about homosexuality leading to discrimination or prejudice of such groups. Themes are adult in nature and may disturb, distress and confuse children younger than 16.