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Oka! (2011)

 |  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.

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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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Disappointing
15 October 2011 | by (United States) – See 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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