Beat the Drum

Directed By: David Hickson Starring: Owen Sejake

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A young orphaned boy sets out for the big city to find his uncle after a mysterious illness strikes his village and returns with a truth and understanding his elders have failed to grasp. An emotional and timely drama reminding us how one small voice can be the brave start of colossal change.

Specifications

Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 205585467
UPC 796019806190
UPC 14 00796019806190
Format DVD
Release Date 6/7/2011
Keywords
Africa
AIDS (Disease)
Big City
Editors Note
Note Set in South Africa, this inspiring drama follows a young orphan, Musa, who sets out to search for his uncle in Johannesburg. He leaves behind his village, afflicting by a mysterious disease. Once in the big city, Musa undergoes a series of events that cause him to return to his ailing village, armed with knowledge that could change all of their lives.
Directors
David Hickson
Actors
Owen Sejake
Cast & Crew
Clive Scott - Actor
David Hickson - Director
David McBrayer - Writer
Johnny Breedt - Production Designer
Junior Singo - Actor
Karen S. Shapiro, et. al. - Producer
Klaus Badelt - Original Music By
Lance Gewer - Cinematographer
Mark Winitsky - Editor
Nolatandu Maleke - Actor
Owen Sejake - Actor
Ramin Djawadi - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 80619
UPC 00796019806190
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 114 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource eFilmCritic.com
Review Carrying off both the innocence and idealism of a character as young as Musa would seem an unapproachable goal for any actor. Junior Singo in the main role is fantastic, pulling together a performance full of pain, responsibility, grief, and heroism with what looks like relative ease. He made me a fan in the first few minutes, and I'll search out his future work with great curiosity. The other performers are slightly overshadowed by his power, especially given the sidebar importance of a story about an executive and his HIV-infected son, which never blends as well as it should into Musa's narrative...Sure-handed direction from David Hickson, and beautiful widescreen cinematography by Lance Gewer make Beat the Drum easy on the eyes, and the screenplay, despite dialogue that slowly becomes more and more preachy, is extremely well structured. Musa's powerful quest is enough to supply the movie its emotional effect, but the dialogue tends to knock the nail in the hole once its already in...An important story to say the least, and a very well made movie on all accounts. Beat the Drum is as satisfying a movie as one could hope for, with a performance from a young actor which is as good as any you'll be privileged to see.
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Reviewer Paul Bryant
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Dennis Harvey, Variety Spectacular...affecting human drama...First-rate.
Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight ...a film with a big heart.

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