OKA! (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 14, 2011
DVD Release Date: October 22, 2013
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Yearning for an exciting African adventure? "Oka!" isn't it.

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Beth Accomando

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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The plot is somewhat pedestrian and the dialogue needs more zip.

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John Anderson

What's refreshing about Oka! is its aversion to any kind of cliches.

Brent Simon

A unique and fascinating tale of cultural connection, and the elemental nature of various human curiosities that bind us together.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Oka! is a fascinating movie with many free-form charms.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

If only for its portrait of a land and a fascinating culture, "Oka!" is worth the journey.

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

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.

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