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Beat the Drum (2007)

Director: David Hickson     Starring: Owen Sejake
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Format: DVD
Sku: 205585467
UPC: 796019806190
UPC 14: 00796019806190
Category Keywords: Africa  AIDS (Disease)  Big City
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A Boy...A Drum...A Journey of Truth.
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.

"Spectacular...affecting human drama...First-rate.  Dennis Harvey, Variety
"...a film with a big heart.  Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/7/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 114 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 80619
Video UPC UPC: 00796019806190
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Clive Scott
Video Cast Info Junior Singo
Video Cast Info Nolatandu Maleke
Video Cast Info Owen Sejake
Video Cast Info David Hickson - Director
Video Cast Info David McBrayer - Writer
Video Cast Info Johnny Breedt - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Karen S. Shapiro, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Klaus Badelt - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Lance Gewer - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Mark Winitsky - Editor
Video Cast Info Ramin Djawadi - Original Music By

Professional Reviews 8 of 10
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. - Paul Bryant

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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