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OKA! (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3

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OKA! is a fish-out-of-water tale of a ethnomusicologist from New Jersey who finds himself immersed in the colorful lives of the Bayake pygmies. Based on the memoir by ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno, who has lived with the pygmies for over 20 years, OKA! transports audiences to the vast forest of the Central African Republic into the magical world of the Bayaka and lyrically captures their music, dance, humor and exuberance, as well as the harsh realities they endure. -- (C) DADA Films

Unrated,

Drama

Lavinia Currier, Louis Sarno, Suzanne Stroh

Oct 22, 2013

$10.0k

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (4)

It's a pleasant, if slow-moving, trip down a lazy river.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The plot is somewhat pedestrian and the dialogue needs more zip.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Oka! is a fascinating movie with many free-form charms.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Yearning for an exciting African adventure? "Oka!" isn't it.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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What's refreshing about Oka! is its aversion to any kind of cliches.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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If only for its portrait of a land and a fascinating culture, "Oka!" is worth the journey.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Despite some missteps and awkwardness, Oka! proves compelling and engaging. Currier captures the beauty of the African landscape, and she takes the time to document the Bayaka culture with care and compassion.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
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A unique and fascinating tale of cultural connection, and the elemental nature of various human curiosities that bind us together.

October 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

Slow to start and rambling when it gets going, Oka! nevertheless offers small pleasures, not least a glimpse of life deep in the African rainforest.

October 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

OKA!, like the mysterious horn the characters hunt, is a real find.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The film somehow feels more fanciful than factual, a rift that's aggravated by the juxtaposition of the real actors' performances and the Bayaka pygmies' at times startling real presence.

October 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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