In theaters today, OKA! is an adaptation of the memoir of an ethnomusicologist from New Jersey, Louis Sarno, who moved to the remote forests of the Central African Republic to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies over 20 years ago, fell in love and stayed.
Kris Marshall (Love Actually) gives a fine performance as the ethnomusicologist, but it’s the local Bayaka ensemble cast and the lush African rainforest that are worth your attention here. The plot is familiar—a capitalistic politician wants to destroy the Bayaka’s forest home to make way for a logging company’s expansion—but don’t be quick to dismiss this as another Fern Gully rip-off. The beauty of this film is in the moments that aren’t trying to move the plot along—children singing in perfect syncopated rhythm together, a group of women making music in a river using the water as their only instrument, and the documentary-worthy wildlife shots.
After a long wait, we’d like to announce the grand prize winner of our
photo contest. Congratulations to David Morrow! His photo “Speeding
Through Shanghai,” won May’s Strange Sights contest. He picked up
more votes than any of the other finalists did from the first half of
2011! Because of your votes, David is heading to Hawaii for a 6 day/5 night stay for two at a luxury hotel. Well-deserved!
Do you have iPad envy? Book your next trip at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and you can pretend like you own one during your stay. Each of its 285 rooms and suites will be stocked with iPad2s for guests to use throughout their stay starting October 3.
Each iPad comes with an innovative program called ICE (Interactive Customer Experience™) from Intelity that will make you feel like you're staying at the Jetson's. How does it work? Instead of picking up the phone to order room service, just press a few buttons and food arrives at your door. You can also make restaurant reservations, request valet parking, airport transportation, spa treatments, and housekeeping. So far, the Four Seasons LA is only hotel on the West Coast and the first Four Seasons property to offer this cool and convenient amenity.
Lyndsey Matthews in an online editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.
Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Isn’t it hard to believe that 2011 is more than halfway over? It also means that it’s time for our monthly photo contest winners from the first half of 2011 to go head-to-head for the Grand Prize—a trip for two to Hawaii! And there are just a few more days to vote!
Your votes will determine which one of the six finalists from the Beaches and Coastlines, Strange Sights, Nature, Family Getaways, Buildings and Architecture, and Winter Travel photo contests will win a 6 day/5 night stay for two in Hawaii at a luxury hotel. So vote now and vote often for your favorite shot.