SONG FROM THE FOREST
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.
Now the time has come to fulfill an old promise, and Louis takes Samedi from the African rainforest to another jungle, one of concrete, glass, and asphalt: New York City.
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.
VPRO Award for feature length Documentary – IDFA, Amsterdam
Lower Silesia Grand Prix - The Marshall of Lower Silesia Award - 11th PLANETE+DOC FILM FESTIVAL
River Run International Film Festival – Wettbewerb bester Dokumentarfilm
One World Film Festival Ottawa, Special Mention
SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas
ZagrebDox – Internationaler Wettbewerb
Cleveland International Film Festival
Reykjavík Shorts & Docs Festival
It' All True International Documentary Film Festival Brazil – Opening Film
DocAviv IFF, Tel Aviv
Edoc Festival, Ecuador
Green Film Festival in Seoul, Korea
DOXA Film Festival in Vancouver,
Cineambiente Film Festival in Napoli,
Biografilm Festivals, Italien - Best of the Fest
EDGE Film Festival in Auckland & Wellington
Makedox Film Festival in Skopje,
Fünf Seen Film Festivals "Horizonte"
Lemesos International Documentary Festival,Cyprus,
IFF Message to Man, St. Petersburg
BFI London Film Festival,
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival,
WOMEX the World Music Expo, Spain
Inconvenient Film Festival, Lithuania
German Documentary Award
- Director Michael Obert
- Director of Photography Siri Klug
- Editor Wiebke Grundler
- Sound Timo Selengia