International Competition

Song From the Forest

Michael Obert
Screening time  
24.02. / Monday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 4  
27.02. / Thursday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 3  
01.03. / Saturday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 2  
A modern epic between rainforest and skyscrapers.

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 has recorded over 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. Now the time has come to show his son the world he came from, and Louis travels with Samedi from the African rainforest to another jungle, one of concrete, glass, and asphalt: New York City. Together, they meet Louis’s family and old friends, including his closest friend from college, Jim Jarmusch. A modern epic between rainforest and skyscrapers.


Michael Obert

Michael Obert, born 1966 in Germany, is an award-winning German author and journalist. Over the past 20 years he has travelled to some of the most remote parts of the world, forgotten corners of paradise as well as disaster areas and war zones. He mainly covers Africa and the Middle East. His seven-month journey from the source of the Niger to its mouth brought fame with his best-selling On the River of Gods. Song from the Forest  is his first film.

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2013, 96', DCP

Directed by:
Michael Obert

Screenplay by:
Michael Obert

Siri Klug

Edited by:
Wiebke Grundler

Alex Tondowski

Produced by:
Tondowski Films and Friends

Festivals & Awards:

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – IDFA 2013 – VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary