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BAWIFM goes to the movies! "OKA! The true story of an American living with African Bayaka Pygmies"

  • 13 Oct 2011
  • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco


  • email Steve directly!


This is a BAWIFM co-present with Landmark Cinemas!

BAWIFM members/supporters are invited to a free preview screening of OKA!, with Director Lavinia Currier in person, per details below.  If you’d like to attend, email Steve Indig at Landmark Theatres - and request one or two seats, and indicate your are with BAWIFM.  Please be aware that even with your rsvp, seating is limited and not guaranteed; you are advised to arrive early. 

SPECIAL GUEST: Director Lavinia Currier will be present for Q&A after the film. 


DATE/TIME:  Thursday, October 13, 7:00pm

LOCATION:  Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, SF


True story of an American living with African Bayaka Pygmies!

DADA Films & Required Viewing present OKA!, opening October 28, 2011 at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco.


25 years ago, ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno traveled from New Jersey to the forests of Central Africa to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies. Falling in love with a Bayaka girl and her forest lifestyle, he decided to stay.  “OKA!” tells the adventure of his life in Africa with his adopted family.  The Bayaka pygmies maintain a tenuous balance between their traditional forest existence and their increasing dependence on the Bantu villagers. Through the eyes of “Larry”, the tall, ungainly white man from New Jersey, who in spite of his failing liver accompanies the Bayaka on a journey into the heart of the forest, “OKA!” offers a unique glimpse into the music, humor, and spirit of the Bayaka people.  “OKA!” is directed by Lavinia Currier and filmed in Sango, Akka, French, and English. It is based on Louis Sarno’s memoir, Last Thoughts Before Vanishing from the Face of the Earth, and stars Kris Marshall, with Isaach de Bankolé and Will Yun Lee, and a magnificent local Bayaka ensemble cast.  The first cut of OKA! screened at the 2010 Telluride film festival, and the final

cut premiered at the 2011 Washington DC Environmental Film Festival.

 Come meet the director:

Lavinia Currier (director, co-writer, producer)

Lavinia Currier is a film director, screen writer, producer and environmentalist with a diverse interest in the interplay of the arts and ecology.  She studied poetry and acting, directed and acted in Paris theatre, and directed her first film Heart of the Garden at her family farm in Virginia. Her full-length feature, Passion in the Desert (1997), was inspired by Honore de Balzac’s novella about a French army officer in Napoleon’s 1798 invasion of Egypt.  Lavinia Currier continues her philanthropic work in support of environmental initiatives. Her support of Tibetan refugees earned the International Campaign for Tibet’s Light of Truth Award presented by the Dalai Lama. She is executive producer of the acclaimed documentary film The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom (2010). Her film company is Roland Film Productions


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