OKA! (2011)

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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
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NR
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Drama
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Cast

Kris Marshall
as Larry Whitman
Isaach De Bankolé
as Mayor Bassoun
Will Yun Lee
as Mr. Yi
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Critic Reviews for OKA!

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
Washington Post
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The plot is somewhat pedestrian and the dialogue needs more zip.

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

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

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

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Variety
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If only for its portrait of a land and a fascinating culture, "Oka!" is worth the journey.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for OKA!

Warning: Netflix screwed up the subtitles royally. They DON'T TRANSLATE the african or french dialog in this movie, they just flash "[speaking in foreign language]" on the screen. As a result you will miss many important plot points, because literally more than half the dialog is lost. Unbelievably stupid move by Netflix!!! BUT you can download a subtitle file and read it while you watch, cumbersome but at least the movie becomes intelligible. You can get one here: http://www.subtitles.at/oka/7 Or search for Oka movie subtitles. Open the .srt file with a text editor and follow the timing data above each line. As far as the movie goes, the acting and the plot are pretty good, nothing great.The big attraction is lots of local color. You really feel like you're in Africa. The pygmies are fascinating and the scenery is gorgeous. Well filmed. I only wish there was more pygmy music in it!

Kite Giedraitis
Kite Giedraitis

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