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Brightness (1987)

Yeelen (original title)
A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Issiaka Kane ...
Niankoro, le fils
Aoua Sangare ...
Attou, la jeune femme Peul
Niamanto Sanogo ...
Soma le pere / Djigui the twin
Balla Moussa Keita ...
Rouma Boll, le roi Peul
Soumba Traore ...
Mah, la mere
Ismaila Sarr ...
Bofing, l'oncle
Youssouf Tenin Cissé ...
Le petit garcon d'Attou
Koke Sangare ...
Le chef de Komo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Youssouf Coulibaly
Manzon Coumare
Souleymane Coumare
Sidi Diallo
Nadje Doumbla
Zan Doumbla
Bremira Dumbla
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A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

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29 April 1988 (Japan)  »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Niankoro, le fils: [subtitled version] I have offended you. To redeem Bambara honor, I merit death. I have broken my nation's laws. I am not asking for mercy, but... death by your hand.
Rouma Boll, le roi Peul: [subtitled version] What's wrong? Speak!
Niankoro, le fils: [subtitled version] By the gods, by the sacred wood, by my ancestors, I swore to help you... to cure your wife. But... my penis betrayed me.
Rouma Boll, le roi Peul: [subtitled version] What do you mean?
[very long pause]
Rouma Boll, le roi Peul: Tell the truth!
Niankoro, le fils: [subtitled version] I slept with your wife.
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Africans as they see themselves
1 August 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

If absolutely nothing else, "Yeelen" offers a look at a society that we in the west don't often get to see. In this case, it's the Bambara people of Mali; the movie also includes the Dogon and Fulani. Having taken a sociology-anthropology class, I already knew about them. The plot centers on a warrior having to battle an evil sorcerer who is also his father.

I should identify that this is not a movie for people with short attention spans: the action moves along very slowly. But don't worry. Despite how it takes a long time for everything to happen, you feel like you've gotten a lot out of the movie. Above all, I like to see how Africans view themselves as opposed to how we in the west view them. So I certainly recommend this movie.


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