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Oka! -- 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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Lavinia Currier (screenplay)
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14 October 2011 (USA) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Will Yun Lee ... Yi

Kris Marshall ... Larry

Haviland Morris ... Lydia Blake

Peter Riegert ... Dr. Maguire

Isaach De Bankolé ... Bassoun

Jakob Von Eichel ... Jurgen

Sebastian Beacon ... Derek

Ho-Kwan Tse ... Actor

Directed by
Lavinia Currier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lavinia Currier  screenplay
Louis Sarno  screenplay
Suzanne Stroh  screenplay

Produced by
Norbert Bogbeyate .... co-producer
James Bruce .... producer
Lavinia Currier .... producer
Jean de Trégomain .... line producer
Andrew Fierberg .... producer: additional material
Cinematography by
Conrad W. Hall (director of photography)
Alphonse Roy 
Film Editing by
Kristina Boden 
Nicolas Gaster 
Casting by
Lisa Hamil 
Production Design by
Alex Vivet 
Makeup Department
Karen Dawson .... makeup department head
Production Management
Claude Canaple .... unit production manager
Angela C. Lee .... production manager: New York
Olivier Martin .... unit manager
Thomas Paturel .... assistant unit manager
Jenny Schweitzer .... executive in charge of production
Chris F. Woods .... post-production supervisor (as Christopher Francis Woods)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Canaple .... first assistant director
Greg Fawcett .... first assistant director
Chris Bapu Griscom .... second second assistant director: New York
Patrick Hagarty .... second assistant director
Urs Hirschbiegel .... first assistant director: New York
Robert Lopez .... second assistant director: New York
Louis-Julien Petit .... second assistant director (as Julien Petit)
Mike Tsucalas .... second assistant director: New York
Art Department
Pauline Berger .... props
Antoine Galinié .... prop master
Kris Major .... property master
Seth Williamson .... set dresser
Sound Department
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Brad Bryan .... boom operator
Giovanni Di Simone .... sound mixer (as Giovanni de Simone)
Giovanni Di Simone .... sound
Richard Dwan Jr. .... supervising dialogue editor
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
John Guentner .... foley assistant
Trevor Metz .... sound effects editor
David Monacchi .... soundscape designer
Dave Paterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Zimmerman .... first assistant sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Boris Abaza .... first assistant camera
Sylvain Bardoux .... key grip
Michael Chamberlain .... key grip: Hawaii unit
Freddy Cintron .... key grip: second unit
Joshua Edelman .... camera production assistant
Michael S. Endler .... first assistant camera
Wolfgang Held .... second unit cinematographer
Damon Lemay .... first assistant camera: New York
Loui J. LeRoy .... grip (as Jason Leroy)
Léo Mac Dougall .... director of photography: second unit
Diego Mariscal .... key grip
Simeon Moore .... best boy electric: second unit
François Perrault-Alix .... key grip
Jason Santelli .... best boy electric
Larry Wallace .... gaffer
Casting Department
Antonia Dauphin .... casting: New York
Karine Nuris .... local casting
Editorial Department
Michael Eaves .... digital intermediate colorist
Erin Peters .... assistant editor: dailies
Linda Schubell-Sundlin .... assistant editor
Vegard H. Sorby .... avid assistant: dailies/lab
Jennifer Taylor .... assistant editor
Morgan H. Woods .... data wrangler
Music Department
Marcus Blanchard .... music editor
Other crew
Olivia Bruynoghe .... script supervisor
Marc Chenail .... production coordinator
Cynthia Chou .... assistant to director: New York
Colette Divine .... voice actor
Mamadou Fadiga .... voice actor
Orit Greenberg .... location scout (2009)
Daniel Gusman .... marketing and publicity: international sales
Cassandra Henderson .... office production assistant: New York
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance
Elisabeth Haviland James .... consulting producer
Max Leeds .... legal counsel: international sales
Karine Nuris .... acting coach
Brian O'Shea .... world sales executive
James Post .... set production assistant: New York
Erin Sager .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Edgar Sandoval .... insurance underwriter
Jeffrey M. Weber .... set production assistant: New York
Amy L. Weishaar .... key set production assistant: New York
David Harry Yoon .... production coordinator: New York
Rick Lipton .... dialogue coach: Kris Marshall (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Oka! Amerikee" - USA (complete title)
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105 min (DVD)
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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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Listen here, 4 June 2014
Author: Prismark10 from United Kingdom

Oka means 'Listen' in the Pygmy language. Louis Sarno is an American author who in the mid 1980s spent time with Bayaka Pygmy tribe in the Central African Republic.

Sarno recorded their music and his experiences were published as Song From The Forest, which was included among the '99 books that capture the spirit of Africa' by Geoff Wisner.

If you want to know more about Sarno you will not find out from this curious film, it tells you little about him or what exactly he is dying off as the early scenes are with a doctor in the USA. Sarno is still alive and lives in CAR.

British actor Kriss Marshall plays the American author and throws himself in the role as he has to speak with an American accent as well as French and local dialect. There is plenty of scenes in the jungle which leads to some beautiful scenery and scenes with the local tribes as they stave off industrialisation. There is some colourful indigenous music but the plot is slight, in fact there really is not one.

The lack of a plot means the film gets dull very quickly from an interesting beginning. The film wants to give a message of conservation but it is muddled. The tribe does not view life with western eyes. The biggest failing is you do not get to learn about the man himself. An amiable diversion for people interested in Africa.

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