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A hot-shot journalist is swept up in a movement to challenge Apartheid in 1950s South Africa.

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Zola Maseko

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Jason Filardi (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taye Diggs ... Henry Nxumalo
Gabriel Mann ... Jurgen Schadeberg
Tumisho Masha Tumisho Masha ... Can Themba (as Tumisho K. Masha)
Moshidi Motshegwa ... Florence Nxumalo
Jason Flemyng ... Jim Bailey
Zola Zola ... Slim (Alpheus) (as Bonginkosi Dlamini)
Fezile Mpela Fezile Mpela ... Todd Matshikiza
Greg Melvill-Smith Greg Melvill-Smith ... Major Att Spengler (as Greg Melville-Smith)
Lindani Nkosi Lindani Nkosi ... Nelson Mandela (as Lindane Nkosi)
Keketso Semoko Keketso Semoko ... Fatsy
Tessa Jubber ... Carol Shand (as Tessa Jaye)
Bonnie Henna ... Dara Macala (as Bonnie Mbuli)
Tanya Baleson Tanya Baleson ... Planning Clerk
Emgee Pretorius Emgee Pretorius ... Johan Snyman
Israel Makoe Israel Makoe ... Vy
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A hot-shot journalist is swept up in a movement to challenge Apartheid in 1950s South Africa.

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USA | South Africa | Germany

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English | Afrikaans | German

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Drum - Wahrheit um jeden Preis See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Budget:

$3,600 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,487 (South Africa), 22 July 2005, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Apartheid for Dummies
31 January 2005 | by baho-1See all my reviews

In South Africa in the 1950's, young journalist Henry Nxumalo helped fashion the magazine Drum into an outspoken voice against the repressive and dehumanizing effects of apartheid. Director Zola Moseka tells his story, from the lively Harlemesque nightlife of Sophiatown to the courageous infiltration of the farms and prisons outside of Johannesburg.

Taye Diggs gives a moving and multi-dimensional portrayal of Henry, supported by surprisingly strong performances from the entire cast. The film is shot completely in South Africa, and the sets and backdrops make for a much more believable period piece than you would expect to see from its $5 million budget.

One could argue that the movie too often uses an easy cliché and forced screen writing to keep the story tidy. But nevertheless, Drum manages to both educate and entertain. Those of us not intimately familiar with apartheid will find our eyes opened by the parallels to the civil rights struggles of our own country. At the same time, the story of Henry Nxumalo makes for a compelling narrative, and Moseka tells it with honesty and compassion.


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