Kino Lorber Sets Oct. 18 Blu-ray Disc Release Date for Documentary ‘Oka!’

Kino Lorber has set an Oct. 18 Blu-ray Disc release date for Oka!, a 2010 documentary about Louis Sarno, an American ethno-musicologist who lived in Central Africa with the Bayaka Pygmies for 25 years.

The film will be available digitally one week earlier, on Oct. 11, through Kino Now.

The Blu-ray Disc carries a suggested retail price of $29.95.

Directed by Lavinia Currier, the film follows Sarno as he traveled from New Jersey to the forests of Central Africa to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies. He fell in love with the people and their music — and a Bayaka girl. Despite his failing health and a difficult life in the village, he followws the Bayaka into the heart of the forest.

Bonus features include “Listen to the Forest,” a making-of documentary by Currier and James Bruce. 

Kino Lorber Sets June 7 Blu-ray Disc Date for ‘Passion in the Desert’

Kino Lorber has announced the June 7 home release of Passion in the Desert, a 1997 film from director Lavinia Currier that is based on the 1830 short story of the same name by Honoré de Balzac.

The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc at a suggested retail price of $29.95.

Passion in the Desert is set in 1798, shortly after Napoleon I invaded Egypt. The film follows the story of a young army officer, Augustin Robert (Ben Daniels, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), sent to protect an elderly artist who had been commissioned by Napoleon to draw some of the famous sights in Egypt. The officer ultimately finds himself stranded, alone, in the Sahara desert.  Left to his own devices, he is likely to die, but after stumbling upon mysterious ruins housing a wild leopard, the man and beast form an inextricable bond.

The movie was filmed in Jordan and the ruins in Petra. Director Currier reportedly invested $5 million of her own money on top of writing and producing the film.