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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 the music does the talking.
BEATING THE DRUM
CREW:
Director - Fiona Cochrane
Producers - Fiona Cochrane & Louise Hubbard
Writers - Fiona Cochrane & Louise Hubbard
Editor - Zbigniew Friedrich
Cinematographers -  Kathy Chambers & Zbigniew Friedrich
Sound - Chris Izzard & David Harrison

MUSICIANS:
Xylouris Ensemble, Kavisha Mazzella & La Voce Della Luna, Petrunka, Rembetika Compania, Terrasphere, Tom E.Lewis, Inka Marka, Taksim, Ta’Esh Fa’Esh, Vladimir Kocibelli, Thula Sana, Adzohu, Fronteras, Tsicaderis Ensemble & George Telek.

Produced with the assistance of SBS-Independent & Australian Film Finance Corporation
SELECTED for the 1999 Golden Rose of Montreux competition (Arts & Specials);
GOLD CINDY at the 1999 International CINDY competition (USA);
GOLD SPECIAL JURY AWARD at 1999 Worldfest - Houston Int. Film Festival (USA);
BRONZE PLAQUE at 1998 Columbus International Film & Video Awards (USA);
BRONZE AWARD at 1998 Worldfest - Flagstaff International Film Festival (USA);
CERTIFICATE OF CREATIVE EXCELLENCE at 1999 US Int. Film & Video Festival;
HONOURABLE MENTION at 1999 PHILAFILM International Film Festival (USA);
& HIGHLY COMMENDED at 1998 Bathurst Film Festival (Australia).

SCREENINGS:
1998 Encontros Internacionais Cinema Documental
1999 Dublin Film Festival,
1999 International Independent.Film Festival of Brussels
Mumbai International Film Festival 2000.
Distributed in Australia by  VEA / Video Education Australasia
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