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Beat the Drum (2003)

Beat the Drum (2003)

Beat the Drum





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From director David Hickson comes this drama about a young African's cross-country journey. Set in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Beat the Drum stars Junior Singo as Musa, a boy who has been orphaned by a plague that swept through his village. Now living with his elderly grandmother, Musa decides to seek out his uncle in Johannesburg, taking along only a drum given to him by his father. The trip proves to be enlightening for young Musa, who is faced with the culture shock of urban society. Also starring Clive Scott and Owen Sejake, Beat the Drum premiered at the 2003 Mill Valley Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: W. David McBrayer
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On DVD: Jul 2, 2002
Virgil Films


Mary Twala
as Ntombi
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Cinematographer Lance Gewer's wide-screen visuals are a knockout, and the impressive cast delivers.

Full Review… | April 7, 2010
Chicago Reader
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It is a movie about AIDS, and it is more than that. This is a heartfelt story about how communities can end the stigma of shame and ignorance around AIDS and save their people. It is also the story of a boy's adventure in the city and his first steps toward becoming a man.


Amazing film. Looking forward to the DVD in Nov '07. Saw it at a local screening which include a Q&A w/ the producer. The story behind the film is almost as great as the story itself. And the story itself is superb. Great acting. Excellent cinematography on site in Johannesburg, South Africa. The plot follows a young boy as he finds out about the quite killer in his village, AIDS. The film shows the common perspective of the disease in Africa and it shows its impact on villages, cities, families and the society. It speaks the truth (which isn't uplifting) and lifts the heart at the same time.

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