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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 »

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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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Bubanj zivota  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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A GREAT Movie!
27 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

What a little jewel this movie is.

Shame on the US distributors for not picking up this movie, reportedly due to the lack of a "name" US actor in the cast. If anything, it was MORE effective due to the lack of recognizable faces. It made the story the most important thing. And you CARED about these people, because they felt like the real thing, not actors playing roles.

Great cast, beautifully filmed, important story. If you aren't lucky enough to find it in a theater near you (and you probably won't) the DVD comes out in, I think, November. Run, don't walk, to buy it. You will not be disappointed.


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