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SONG FROM THE FOREST documents the life of the US citizen Louis Sarno who has lived with the Bayaka pygmies in the Central African jungle for the past 25 years. When Louis leaves with his son by his Bayaka wife Samedi for a journey to New York City, his seemingly utopian world goes off kilter.

In a moving epic, Michael Obert sensitively draws the portrait of an exceptional person between two cultures, between giant forest trees and skyscrapers.

Michael Obert was born in 1966 in Breisach on the Rhine. He is an award-winning author and journalist, writing mostly on topics of Africa and the Middle East. He became known to a large public through his best-selling book Regenzauber. SONG FROM THE FOREST is his first film.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2013
Director Michael Obert
Screenplay Michael Obert
Cinematography Siri Klug
Producers Alexandre Tondowski, Ira Tondowski
Production Company Tondowski Films and Friends/Mühlenberge-Berlin, in co-production with Filmproduktion, WDR
Length 97 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 Yaka, English
Subtitled Version English
Festivals IDFA Amsterdam 2013, Zagreb Dox 2014, SXSW 2014, Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival 2014, Cleveland 2014, It's All True 2014 (Opening Film), DOXA Vancouver 2014, DOK.fest Munich 2014, DocAviv 2014, Planete+ Doc Warsaw 2014, Documentary Edge New Zealand 2014, Shanghai 2014, Melbourne 2014, BFI London 2014, Zurich 2014, Message to Man St. Petersburg 2014, Cork 2014, Viennale 2014, DOK NYC 2014, Palm Springs 2015, Vera Film Festival Mariehamn 2015
Awards VPRO IDFA Award Best Feature-Length Documentary 2013, Lower Silesia Grand Prix Planete Doc 2014, German Documentary Award 2015
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

World Sales
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Heino Deckert