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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Junior Singo ...
Musa
Owen Sejake ...
Nobe Lebese
Mary Twala ...
Ntombi
Clive Scott ...
Pieter Botha
Noluthando Maleka ...
Letti (as Nolatandu Maleke)
Adelaide Shabalala ...
Village Sangoma
Lennox Matheboe ...
Ayize
Bhekhimusi Mkize ...
Stick Fighting Kid #1
Thulani Xolo ...
Stick Fighting Kid #2
Glen Gabela ...
Teacher
Dineo Nchabeleng ...
Thandi (as Dinco Nchebeleng)
Jeremiah Ndlovu ...
Village Elder
Elliot Makhubo ...
Village Man
Lindelani Buthelezi ...
Truckstop Owner
Pumi Mkhwanazi ...
Prostitute (as Pumi Mkuwanazi)
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Young Musa is orphaned after a mysterious illness strikes his village in KwaZulu Natal. To help his grandmother, Musa sets out for Johannesburg with his father's last gift, a tribal drum, in search of work and his uncle. The journey confronts him with the stark realities of urban life, but his indomitable spirit never wavers; he returns with a truth and understanding his elders have failed to grasp. Written by Zoe Elton

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Three thumbs up
30 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Powerful and touching are two descriptors that come to mind. I felt drawn in from the opening scene in a small village in KwaZulu-Natal, and the movie just kept delivering from start to end. I don't want to spoil any of it for anyone so I won't go into any plot detail. Just watch this one. I'm so glad I did. The cinematography (I love the colors of Africa), the acting, the dialogue, and the story line are all superb. The movie deals with a subject of global importance and does it with finesse - I was expecting something preachy because of the subject matter but at no time did I feel that was the case. Absolutely riveting. I'm glad I have Showtime On Demand because that's how I stumbled upon it - it's not available at Netflix or Blockbuster.


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