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The Screen Guide

BEATING THE DRUM enters the controversial debate over the concepts of 'world music', cultural appropriation, musical integrity and ownership and the current growth in popularity of music from non-Western cultures. Musicians, academics, broadcasters and World Music aficionados of culturally diverse backgrounds 'beat' out a vibrant discussion across Melbourne at night, a discussion that can be extrapolated to most Western 'multicultural' cities. But there are no easy answers and in the end BEATING THE DRUM is a documentary in which music does the talking.

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Production Details

Production Completion
Art and culture, History and national identity
Production Company
f-reel pty ltd

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films
  • US International Film & Video Festival
  • Philadelphia International Film Festival
  • International du Film Independent de Brussels
  • Houston International Film and Video Festival
  • Golden Rose Von Montreux
  • Worldfest Flagstaff International Film Festival
  • Dublin Film Festival
  • International Documentary Film Festival
  • Worldfest Flagstaff International Film Festival
  • Columbus International Film & Video Festival
  • Bathurst Film and Video Festival