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Oka! (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 October 2011 (USA)
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The story of Louis Sarno, an American ethno-musicologist who lived among the Bayaka Pygmies in Central Africa for 25 years.

Director:

Lavinia Currier

Writers:

Lavinia Currier (screenplay), Louis Sarno (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kris Marshall ... Larry
Will Yun Lee ... Yi
Haviland Morris ... Lydia Blake
Peter Riegert ... Dr. Maguire
Isaach De Bankolé ... Bassoun
Sebastian Beacon ... Derek
Ho-Kwan Tse ... Actor
Greg Fawcett Greg Fawcett ... Lumberjack
Jakob Von Eichel ... Jurgen
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The story of Louis Sarno, an American ethno-musicologist who lived among the Bayaka Pygmies in Central Africa for 25 years.

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Taglines:

A New African Adventure

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oka! See more »

Filming Locations:

Central African Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,461, 16 October 2011

Gross USA:

$18,364

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,364
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(DVD)

Color:

Color
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During filming in the Central African Republic, one of the native pygmies working as a tracker was attacked by the Silverback gorilla. His arm received 2 large bites and he almost lost it. See more »

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Disappointing
15 October 2011 | by AKibokoSee all my reviews

What promised to be a fine work, representing the life of L. Sarno as he joined and lived with the Ba'Aka, turned out to be a terrible waste of time and investment. The score, for one thing, is quite distracting throughout -- except for the Ba'Aka music -- and the story as portrayed in this minor narrative, is unrevealing and flat. Currier is no director, as this film shows. As they say, "not ready for prime time."

Sarno's work, which began in 1984 or there abouts, represents some of the finest and most prescient connections of an outside party to those living close to nature, and discovering the relevance of perseverance under very difficult conditions culturally (because western influence is so virulent), spiritually, economically and socially. Sarno has recorded and published some of the details of this extremely trying environment, not much of which surfaces in this presentation, unfortunately. It is convenient exploitation rather than a well-grounded endeavor.


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