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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 »
A New African Adventure
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

Peter Riegert ... Dr. Maguire

Haviland Morris ... Lydia Blake

Isaach De Bankolé ... Bassoun

Sebastian Beacon ... Derek

Jakob Von Eichel ... Jurgen

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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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Zero stars for animal cruelty, 1 June 2014
Author: rooprect from New York City

There was no notice of "no animals harmed" by the AHA, RSPCA, WWF or as a courtesy of the filmmakers themselves. And being that this was a pretty low budget effort, I'm sure they didn't use sophisticated cgi or animatronics. Most people don't care about the abuse of animals in film, but in case you are one of the few, be forewarned.

Beyond that, the film is a conflicted mess. I'm not sure whom this film is supposed to appeal to. Tree-huggers like me are attracted by the theme of conservation, trite as it may be (a mega timber corporation wants to chop down the rainforest and displace the pygmies, yeah yeah but I'll still watch). However, the film is terminally muddled by contradictory elements and hypocritical messages.

We're quite obviously supposed to feel sympathetic toward the pygmies and hateful toward the slick-dressed, smooth talking politicians who make deals with evil Chinese whilst they dine on elephant meat (I'm not exaggerating, that's how hard they beat us over the head with the good guys vs. bad guys). But the Pygmies themselves are shown killing animals with their bare hands, shopping at markets for skewered monkeys, killing birds, and... did anyone catch? making musical instruments out of elephant tusks. And this glorious elephant tusk horn is the holy grail of the film. Explain that hypocrisy. Or better yet, don't even waste your time.

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