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Beat the Drum

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. To help his grandmother, he leaves his village to find his uncle in Johannesburg. As Musa makes the journey from his remote village to the city, the film follows his emotional quest for survival, understanding, and community.

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Curriculum Guide

Lesson 1: Apartheid and South African History (Social Studies)
Lesson 2: Pandemics and Epidemics (Social Studies)
Lesson 3: HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa (World History)
Lesson 4: Viewing the Film Beat the Drum (Media Literacy)
Lesson 5: Musa’s Heroic Journey (Language Arts)
Post-Viewing Lessons:
Lesson 6: Affirmative Action in South Africa (Cross-Cultural Understanding)
Lesson 7: Zulu Cultural Traditions (Cultural Studies)
Lesson 8: Beat the Drum in Your Community (Media Literacy/Service Learning)

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