Song from the Forest


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, 25 years later, Louis Sarno has recorded more than 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. Once, when Samedi was a baby, Louis held his seriously ill son in his arms through a frightful night and made him a promise: “If you get through this, one day I’ll show you the world I come from.”

“Gorgeous.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Now the time has come to fulfill his promise, and Louis travels with Samedi from the African rainforest to a concrete jungle: New York City. Together, they meet Louis’ family and old friends, including his closest friend from college, Jim Jarmusch. Carried by the contrasts between rainforest and urban America, with a fascinating soundtrack and peaceful, loving imagery, Louis and Samedi’s stories are interwoven to form a touching portrait of an extraordinary man and his son. Song from the Forest is a modern epic set between rainforest and skyscrapers. (Dir. by Michael Obert, 2014, USA, in English, 98 min., Not Rated)