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Published on Nov 23, 2010
Beat the Drum is a contemporary South African film about the devastation of HIV / AIDS. It follows a young boy, Musa, who is orphaned after his parents die of the disease. In order to help his grandmother, he leaves his village in KwaZulu, Natal to find his uncle. As he makes the physical journey from his remote village to the urban landscape of Johannesburg, the film follows his emotional quest for survival, understanding, and community.
- Country: South Africa, 2002 - Running Length: 113 minutes - Director: David Hickson - Producers: W. David McBrayer, Karen Shapiro, Richard Shaw Screenplay: W. David McBrayer - Cinematography: Lance Gewer - Awards: Beat the Drum has won 27 international awards at film festivals in the United States, Canada, Africa, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, and Monaco. These have included Best Feature, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Music, and Best Film Editing.