In  memory of Louis Sarno

LOUIS SARNO HAS DIED AT HOME AT 1ST OF APRIL TO 2017.he was an american musicologist and antropologist Who showed the world  a part of africa most of us woULD  never hear...

louis came in the forests of central africa  30 years ago where he descovered the songs of Bayaka pygmies - last nomads of the jungleS. he was  trulY a man with a very big hearT, WHO WAS A "real citizen of THE world". No one could be  better guide thAn louis sarno, who opened us the mEAning of ba'aka life, their songs and music, and the spirit of the forest - dzanga. 

THE film "small people big trees" IS OUR tribute to  louis sarno  "last king of the jungle".

Because it never  could  be real without  his help...

01th april 2017  


The Central African Republic. Here in the shade of sub-panel rainforests lives a tribe of the shortest people on Earth - the Baka pigmies. As it was hundreds years ago they hunt for meat and gather gifts of big trees. They pray to the spirits of the forest and teach their children to respect the forest, to take from it only what is of great need. But little by little their traditional mode is changing under the pressure of the "Big World" culture.




Born in 1981, in the Strugi Krasnie village. At seven he moved to Gorniy Altai with his parents. In 1998 entered Tomsk State University, the philosophy department, and later the department of liberal arts and social studies in the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (Moscow). In 2007 he studied at the courses of producing at the department of cinema producing, TV and multimedia in the Institute of Television and Radio broadcasting n.a. M.A. Litovchin (Mocow). In 2008 start working at the television. Several years later he began making documentaries and TV programs.

Olga Michi

producer and author of idea

So far as Olga remembers, she has always loved to travel. Her father is a Russian military officer. The peculiarities of her father’s profession owing to which they had to constantly change the locations of service were added to his curiosity and wish to see other lands. These qualities are fully inherent to Olga’s mother. So, the passion for traveling is in Olga`s blood. The parents would set off on a journey and even if it was just an ordinary picnic in the country, it invariably became the beginning of a new adventure for Olga. It became a journey into the unknown land, where the forest turned into a mysterious jungle full of secrets and dangers.

Film team

Vadim Vitovtsev


Olga Michi

producer and author of idea

Rod Cassidy


Louis Sarno


Alexander Kiper

Vyacheslav Kraskov

Mikhail Gudakov


Dmitry Gayenko


Vladimir Krivov

sound editing

Alexei Polevoy


Lisa Marsden

travel manager

Daniel Sitamon


Maxim Koveshnikov

line producer

Svetlana Ignatenko

Executive Producer


soundtrack - “African Song”

Baka Songs


Сontestant festivals



If anybody wants to make a contribution to me and my work, they can do it through the Global Voices Foundation, which is run by my friend Irene Murphy Lewis. She has created a fast track especially for channelling funds to me.

Louis Sarno

Checks can be made payable to Global Voice Foundation and sent to:

133 East De La Guerra Street #160, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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