By Michael OBERT


Documentary - Completed 2013

A modern epic between rainforest and skyscrapers.

& Awards

SXSW 2014
Zurich FF 2014
International Documentary Film Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 96 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Michael OBERT
    • Producer(s)
    • Alexandre TONDOWSKI (Tondowski Films & Friends), Ira TONDOWSKI (Tondowski Films & Friends)
    • Synopsis
    • As a young man, American Louis Sarno heard a song on the radio that gripped his imagination. He followed the mysterious sounds all the way to the Central African rainforest and found their source with the Bayaka Pygmies, a tribe of hunters and gatherers.
      He never left.
      Today, twenty-five years later, Louis Sarno has recorded over 1,000 hours of unique Bayaka music. He is a fully accepted member of the Bayaka society and has a 13 year old son, Samedi. Once, when Samedi was a baby, he became seriously ill and Louis feared for his life. He held his son in his arms through a frightful night and made him a promise: “If you get through this, one day I’ll show you the world I come from.”
      Now the time has come to fulfill his promise, and Louis travels with Samedi from the African rainforest to another jungle, one of concrete, glass, and asphalt: New York City. Together, they meet Louis’s family and old friends, including his closest friend from college, Jim Jarmusch.
      Carried by the contrasts between rainforest and urban America, with a fascinating soundtrack and peaceful, loving imagery, their stories are interwoven to form a touching portrait of an extraordinary man, and his son.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 01, 2011
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