Few systems in the 20th century have been more brutal than apartheid south africa. The authoritarian rule imposed by descendants of English settlers is still little studied in Brazil, a country that is also divided by ethnic inequality – which in turn leads to social, economic and political inequalities.
In “Canario” (2018), by a film christian olvagen Available on Amazon Prime, we are taken to the 1980s, when the hatred and formal division between whites and native peoples no longer even had the support of Queen Elizabeth—who heads the “Commonwealth,” the league of home nations. There were Anglo-Saxons colonies. English colonies – although they were supported by “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The English series “The Crown”, available on Netflix, depicts the confrontation between the head of state and the head of government over economic sanctions on South Africa as a way of pushing for an end to apartheid. The reality, however, is a Slightly different that was presented in fiction.
Already in the history of film, johan (Schalk Bezuidenhout) is a gay boy, the son of parents who, apart from being religious and conservative, pay almost no attention to him. The boy has been selected to be part of the South African Army Choir at a time when the country was under a high level of internal tension, as we said, but also with its neighbours.
in the army, johan She coexists, at the same time, with strict discipline and conservative morals and affection for her colleague Wolfgang (Hans Otto) in the choir. Conversely, involvement makes you more and more refractory to your identity. As he seeks to deny himself, Johann sees that his country is slowly falling apart. Either through a mother desperate because her son is on the frontline to defend a state policy with which he (who is white) no longer agrees, or through a woman who has not fulfilled his dreams .
Spoken in English and Afrikaans – the language of descendants of European settlers – “Canary” is a sensitive drama that is, in essence, about accepting oneself. johan, and on the other hand, through criticism of apartheid and homophobia. One of the highlights of the film are the clips, which mix reality with Johan’s imagination and her dilemmas.
Apartheid, formally established in 1948, would end in 1993, which had already been condemned by the United Nations and suffocated by its economic problems. However, this does not mean that the problems are over.