2020 / 28 minutes

Directed by
William Nitzky
Country of production
United States
Shorts Collection 2

For the Yao minority in rural southwest China, the bronze drum is a sacred heritage. Its sound aids the souls of deceased elders in reaching the ancestral land. When the Chinese government steps in to protect the heritage, the life of the bronze drum takes on a new meaning and becomes an icon for tourist performances. Bang the Drum traces the path that heritage takes in a changing China.

In the 2021 RAI Film Fest
Language and subtitles
Chinese with English Subtitles
Central Asia and Far East
Music/ Ethnomusicology Tourism/ Travel/ Pilgrimage Rural Shamans and Shamanism