SONG FROM THE FOREST

By Michael OBERT

TONDOWSKI FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2013

Song From The Forest documents the life of the US citizen Louis Sarno who has lived with the Bayaka pygmies in the Central African jungle for the past 25 years. When Louis leaves with his son by his Bayaka wife Samedi for a journey to New York City, his seemingly utopian world goes off kilter.

Festivals
& Awards

idfa 2013
Winner Feature Length Documentary Competition
Doc Film festival Warsaw 2014
Winner Grand Prix Award
    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA, CENTRAL AFRICAN REP., GERMANY
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 97 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Michael OBERT
    • Producer(s)
    • Alex TONDOWSKI (TONDOWSKI FILMS), Ira TONDOWSKI (TONDOWSKI FILMS)
    • 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 more than 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’ 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, Louis‘ and Samedi‘s stories are interwoven to form a touching portrait of an extraordinary man and his son. SONG FROM THE FOREST is a modern epic set between rainforest and skyscrapers.
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