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by Michael Obert


25 years ago, Louis Sarno, an American, heard a song on the radio and followed its melody into the Central Africa Jungle and stayed. He than recorded over 1000 hours of original BaAka music. Now he is part of the BaAka community and raises his pygmy son, Samedi. Fulfilling an old promise, Louis takes Samedi to America. On this journey Louis realizes he is not part of this globalized world anymore but globalization has also arrived in the rainforest. The BaAka depend on Louis for their survival. Father and son return to the melodies of the jungle but the question remains: How much longer will the songs of the forest be heard?

international title: Song From the Forest
original title: Song From the Forest
country: Germany, United States, Central African Republic
sales agent: Deckert Distribution
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Michael Obert
film run: 98'
release date: NL 30/10/2014
screenplay: Michael Obert
cinematography by: Siri Klug
film editing: Wiebke Grundler
producer: Alexandre Tondowski, Ira Tondowski
production: Tondowski Film, Ma.Ja.De Filmproduktions-GmbH
distributor: Amstelfilm


main awards/selection

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2013

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