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Beat the Drum (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 November 2006 (Hong Kong)
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, ... See full summary »

Director:

David Hickson

Writer:

David McBrayer (as W. David McBrayer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Junior Singo Junior Singo ... Musa
Owen Sejake Owen Sejake ... Nobe Lebese
Mary Twala Mary Twala ... Ntombi
Clive Scott Clive Scott ... Pieter Botha
Noluthando Maleka Noluthando Maleka ... Letti (as Nolatandu Maleke)
Adelaide Shabalala Adelaide Shabalala ... Village Sangoma
Lennox Matheboe Lennox Matheboe ... Ayize
Bhekhimusi Mkize Bhekhimusi Mkize ... Stick Fighting Kid #1
Thulani Xolo Thulani Xolo ... Stick Fighting Kid #2
Glen Gabela Glen Gabela ... Teacher
Dineo Nchabeleng Dineo Nchabeleng ... Thandi (as Dinco Nchebeleng)
Jeremiah Ndlovu Jeremiah Ndlovu ... Village Elder
Elliot Makhubo Elliot Makhubo ... Village Man
Lindelani Buthelezi Lindelani Buthelezi ... Truckstop Owner
Pumi Mkhwanazi Pumi Mkhwanazi ... Prostitute (as Pumi Mkuwanazi)
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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

South Africa | USA

Language:

English | Zulu

Release Date:

2 November 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Bate toba! See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$895
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Z Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Amazing movie!
21 November 2006 | by arrowblancSee all my reviews

I saw Beat the Drum at a festival and talked with the producer and writer David McBrayer about this movie. He is the one who actually created the movie and it was his brainchild. The audience asked questions and he explained how he came up with the idea for the script and that it took him several years to produce because it is an inde film. Everyone loved it and applauded at the end, it was the best movie in the festival. I still think about this amazing movie and look forward to when it will be in theaters and on DVD. Why isn't it out there already? If you know anybody in the movie distribution business tell them to check it out. Beat the Drum is an amazing and moving movie experience and I highly recommend it.


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