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OKA! (Blu-Ray Review)

OKA cover

OKA! available 10/22 on Blu-Ray from Well Go USA

One has to be skeptical when reading that a film is based on or inspired by a true story.  It’s almost like buying juice boxes: how much of the stuff is real?  This one’s 10% juice, this one’s 20%… this one is 100%, but it’s been diluted with apple juice.  How much really occured and how much is the result of “artistic license”? There’s clearly a bit embellished upon in Lavinia Currier’s “Oka!”, coming to Blu-Ray 10/22.  Based in part on ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno’s book “Last Thoughts Before Vanishing”, the film takes us on a beautiful, humorous and sometimes trippy journey through Central Africa. In some ways it reminded me of an episode of “This American Life”… but with elephant steaks and a whole lot of smoking. Read more