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Beat the Drum (2003)

Junior Singo , Clive Scott , David Hickson  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Junior Singo, Clive Scott, Nthati Moshesh, Owen Sejake, Nolunthando Maleka
  • Directors: David Hickson
  • Writers: W. David McBrayer
  • Producers: W. David McBrayer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Z Productions LLC
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TJ6PA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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. Driven by his determination to survive and his growing social awareness, he finds a way to make an honest living and returns to his village with a truth and understanding his elders have failed to grasp. Beat the Drum is an emotional and timely drama reminding us how one small voice can be the brave start of a colossal change - uniting a village, a township, and even a nation.

Features on the DVD include Behind-the-Scenes, a Theatrical Trailer and a Free Downloadable Cross Curriculum - Discovering South Africa through Journeys in Film™


"Gorgeous, Fantastic... Audiences were Enraptured." --Joe Mader, Hollywood Reporter

"Spectacular...Affecting Human Drama...First Rate!" --Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Beat the Drum is a film with a Big Heart." --Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See November 2, 2007
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I have seen this film several times while flying overseas. I'm anxiously awaiting it's release in the States to purchase several copies. Having lost a son to AIDS I know firsthand the struggles the patients and their families endure. I'm also a missionary to several African countries and know the magnitude of the stigma and suffering. Whether you're affected by this disease or not, this is a heart-warming story that you won't want to miss. It's an eye opener to the facts surrounding this disease in that part of the world.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Sad. I Cried for Africa. June 17, 2008
Every once in a while a film comes along that really says something that matters. Recommended from another writer's book on poverty and social change along with BLOOD DIAMOND and TSOTSI, I picked up the film. It employed purely African actors and film crews, besides the director, out of a purposeful effort. BEAT THE DRUM ended up being one of those films that matters. Enjoy.

Set in southern Africa near Jo'burg, the story follows the journeys of a young boy named Musa. His mother and cousins have all died from the curse, but when his father dies from it at the beginning of the film, he is doomed to be known as the boy from the cursed family. He leaves his small village and heads to Jo'burg to look for his uncle and buy a cow for his grandmother, a journey which leads him into danger on the streets of the big city as he scraps for money and food amid the street riffraff.

The secondary storylines follow an older truck driver who is on the road a lot, whose wife does not trust that he is faithful while away and worries he'll give her AIDS. The owner of the truck driving company has a son who he learns is dying of AIDS, but doesn't want to face the truth of the disease's lack of favoritism.

The film puts faces and stories to the disease that is ravaging the African continent. There is much fear and ignorance surrounding the disease. People don't want to talk about it. Using local spiritists, they'd rather call on their ancestors for help than listen to the local medical workers. Some of them even want to spread the disease out of spite for the persons who gave it to them. The situation is dire, yet knowledge of the situation seems scarce enough in America. Not only does BEAT THE DRUM give a necessary voice to the voiceless Africans, it puts forward fantastic acting jobs and cinematography. The film is beautiful and sad, and while watching, I cried for Africa.

---Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beat The Drum---captures all aspects January 13, 2008
This film is so well done. It captures all the different aspects the face many Africans dealing with the AIDS virus...from the lack of education and knowledge in the village to the issues of prostitution and poverty in the cities. We used it as the foundation for a curriculum on HIV/AIDS education in Zambia, Africa and with every question or situation from the students we were always able to reference back to the movie. It is educational, entertaining and will definately move your spirit.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
I saw this movie a year ago when I visited Johannesburg, South Africa around the time of World AIDS Day. To be there after watching this movie helped me understand the complexity of AIDS in Southern Africa. I attended a presentation by AIDS research experts where they tried to illlustrate that complexity to a group of Americans. This movie artfully and powerfully communicated the message that the research statistics could not. We left the research presentation with a lot of facts and figures....we left this movie in tears. Not only is it a great movie for its artistry, but it is an accurate depiction of the struggle against HIV/AIDS on the ground level. I will use this movie when I teach my students about AIDS around the world. This is a must see movie for anyone wanting to truly understand the AIDS issue in Africa.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beat the drum January 2, 2008
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Excellent, excellent, excellent movie. Whoever wrote this is a master. What a great story. There should be more movies like this.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A young boy's determination to survive June 21, 2008
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The movie definitely merits 5 stars for its excellence and for its heart warming and heartbreaking story. It involves Africa's struggle to deal with AIDS and its devastating effects exemplified in this movie by a young boy orphaned by that disease. His search to find the knowledge of how to deal with this terrible dilemma affecting his impoverished village leads him to set out for the big city,the latter filled with danger especially for a homelss young child. This movie is emotionally-packed and well done.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone young or old.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Warm Learning Experience July 22, 2007
This heartwarming, emotion-tugging captivating South African film entertains and at the same time artistically teaches the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS. This is a fascinating feature-length film that stirs one's thoughts, transporting one's mind to South Africa, subtly instructing the viewer all the way. I look forward to experiencing "Beat The Drum" again when it becomes available in the states.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling June 7, 2008
This is compelling, heart breaking and heart warming story that both saddens and inspires. The scenery is breathtaking, the acting is superb, and the message is one that needs to be heard by everyone.

"Prayer of Jabez" author Dr. Bruce Wilkinson worked to produce this movie on AIDS at the request of the President of Kenya (President Moi),Is is the most award-winning motion picture on AIDS: (28 awards), and is now in distribution in over 100 nations
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Wish it had cc for the hearing impaired population
Published 8 days ago by Santina Mwarania
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie.
Published 14 days ago by MT4154
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Found item easily on Amazon, item works as expected, good price good item very happy.
Published 1 month ago by Stanley R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is this best movie. and the video was in good shape when I received it. yippie ya yeah! wow
Published 7 months ago by karen robinson-ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Keeps your attention along with a great storyline ... Had to watch for class and I am glad I did!
Published 7 months ago by Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a really good educational video. Be ready to read some subtitles. The don't last the whole film, but a good portion of it. I would recommend it.
Published 8 months ago by Tammy Wiesen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Nice movie. I enjoyed the concept of the movie and the message it protrayed. I would recommend it for purchase. Reminded me of my mission trip to Kenya.
Published 9 months ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars Beat the drum
This was a movie of courage and determination.....Love this movie...Never give-up on your dreams...things will work out with an effort....Arlivia Lee
Published 15 months ago by Arlivia N. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
This is a really GREATMOVIE!! Everyone should watch this movie. You will learn A LOT!!
Share this movie with your family!!
Published 16 months ago by Jacque L Helton
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Gently Gritty & Scandalous Film
What is meant by the title of this review is that this film portrays many of the daily evils and injustices in Africa when it is in a state of peace and yet it can be shown to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Fizzle
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