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Oka! Movie Review

31 October 2011 7:31 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Oka! Director: Lavinia Currier Starring: Kris Marshall, Isaach de Bankole, Will Yun Lee On the surface, “Oka!” has a couple potential red flags that seemingly mark it as yet another tale of a white Westerner saving and/or bringing culture to the lives of black Africans. In reality, though, it’s about the inverse of that scenario, and director Lavinia Currier’s film sings with an unexpected humor and exuberance. Based on an unpublished memoir, “Last Thoughts Before Vanishing From the Face of the Earth,” by ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno, this is a unique and fascinating tale of cultural connection, and the elemental nature of various human curiosities that bind us together. The antithesis »

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26 October 2011 7:59 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The film Oka! takes its title from the Pygmy word for “Listen!” and really, there is no better fitting word to describe Lavinia Currier’s portrait of ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno. Here, he is named Larry Whitman, but the character and his exploits are based on Sarno’s memoir of twenty-five years spent studying the life and music of the Bayaka people of the Central African Republic.

During the film’s opening sequence, Whitman is cooped up in his New Jersey home, listening to the music of the Pygmies, that he claim to his ears is more lovely than Beethoven. Soon he learns that his liver is failing, and so with only a limited time left to finish his life’s task of recording every Pygmy instrument, he takes off once again to Africa. He sets out to achieve his final goal: to capture the sound of a horn called a molimo, »

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Oka! New La Release Date – Oct. 28th

29 September 2011 6:27 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Directed by Lavinia Currier Starring

Kris Marshall, Isaach de Bankolé, Will Yun Lee & the Bayaka of Yandombe

Based on the memoir by Louis Sarno

(.Last Thoughts Before Vanishing from the Face of the Earth.)

New Release Date! October 28, 2011

Presented by Dada Films and required viewing, Lavinia Currier.s (The Passion in the Desert) breathtaking new film, Oka! is a fish-out-of-water tale of an ethnomusicologist from New Jersey who finds himself immersed in the colorful lives ofthe Bayake pygmies. Based on the memoir by ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno, who has lived with the pygmies for over 20 years, Oka! transports audiences to the vast forest of the Central African Republic into the magical world of the Bayaka and lyrically captures their music, dance, humor and exuberance, as well as the harsh realities they endure.

The forest dwelling tribe of Bayaka pygmies is famed for its acute hearing (.Oka!. means .listen!. in their Akka »

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Poster Premiere: Oka! - Directed by Lavinia Currier

13 September 2011 6:35 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Here is the poster for the new film Oka! directed by Lavinia Currier. The film opens in La on October 14. Here's the description of the film from the press materials: Oka! tells the story of an American ethnomusicologist and his life with the Bayaka people of the Central African rainforest. The movie is partly based on the life’s work of Louis Sarno, who has lived with and recorded the music of the Central African pygmies for over 20 years. The indigenous Bayaka people of the Central African Republic and the Congo are pygmies. They are severely economically and socially… »

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