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26th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

9 – 16 OCT 2021

Beat the Drum

Original title: Beat the Drum
German title: Trommelschläge
113 min
Youth Film
South Africa
from 12 years
2004 | German Premiere
Direction: David Hickson
Script: David McBrayer
Cast: Junior Singo, Noluthando Maleka, Keketso Semoko, Owen Sejake, Nthati Moshesh


2004 | Youth Film

Additional Information
Lance Gewer
Klaus Badelt, Ramin Djawadi

When his mother and father become victims of "the curse" which is destroying his remote African village, 9-year-old Musa, a Zulu boy, is determined to find his long-lost uncle and earn enough money to help his grandmother to buy a new cow. After crossing the African wilderness, the boy finds himself into the teeming metropolis of Johannesburg. His only possessions is his wit, determination, and a small drum, a gift from his dying father. His friendships with a local trucker driver and a street-wise young girl help Musa survive and confront the realities of the new plague: AIDS.