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
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Want to feel worldly? Sure you could travel, but who’s got the time? Well, you’re in luck… Well Go USA and Cinema Judgement Day are giving you the chance to experience Central Africa without leaving your couch! Just enter our “OKA!” Blu-Ray Giveaway. It’s easy! Send us an email with “African Music” as the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body and you’re good to go. The contest will run until Saturday 11/2. 2 Lucky winners will be notified via email and announced on the CJD website once they confirm the win. Good luck to all!