a film by Michael Obert


Germany | 2013 | 96:00 min

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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.
among others:
VPRO Award for feature length Documentary – IDFA, Amsterdam 2013
Lower Silesia Grand Prix - The Marshall of Lower Silesia Award - 11th PLANETE+DOC FILM FESTIVAL 2014
River Run International Film Festival 2014 – Wettbewerb bester Dokumentarfilm
One World Film Festival Ottawa, Special Mention 2014
German Documentary Award 2015

SXSW Festival 2014 in Austin, Texas
ZagrebDox 2014 – Internationaler Wettbewerb
Cleveland International Film Festival 2014
Reykjavík Shorts & Docs Festival 2014
It' All True International Documentary Film Festival Brazil – Opening Film 2014
DOK.fest Munich 2014
DocAviv IFF, Tel Aviv 2014
Edoc Festival, Ecuador 2014
Green Film Festival in Seoul, Korea 2014
DOXA Film Festival in Vancouver, 2014
Cineambiente Film Festival in Napoli, 2014
Biografilm Festivals, Italien - Best of the Fest 2014
EDGE Film Festival in Auckland & Wellington 2014
Makedox Film Festival in Skopje, 2014
Shanghai IFF 2014
Moscow IFF 2014
Fünf Seen Film Festivals "Horizonte" 2014
Melbourne IFF 2014
Lemesos International Documentary Festival,Cyprus, 2014
IFF Message to Man, St. Petersburg 2014
Bergen IFF, 2014
Zurich IFF, 2014
BFI London Film Festival, 2014
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 2014
WOMEX the World Music Expo, Spain 2014
Inconvenient Film Festival, Lithuania 2014
Cast and Crew
  • Director Michael Obert
  • Director of Photography Siri Klug
  • Editor Wiebke Grundler
  • Sound Timo Selengia
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World Sales Company
Deckert Distribution GmbH
Gottschedstr. 18, 04109 Leipzig

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Production Company
Tondowski Films
Obentrautstr. 55, 10963 Berlin

Phone: +49 030 91509342

Fax: +49 030 37719575
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