Brightness (1987)
"Yeelen" (original title)

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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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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


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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Djigui the twin: [subtitled version] But last night I saw a bright light cross the sky and stop before me. It said, "Djigui, the threat hovering over the Bambaras will strike the country, but spare your family." That restored my hope. In the same dream, I was also told this: "Your descendants will undergo a great change. They'll be slaves, and deny their race and faith." All upheavals are full of hope. The woes I saw in my dream will be turned to the Bambaras' advantage. I also see that many peoples will covet ...
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The Pinnacle Of African Art-House
5 April 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In 13th century Africa, a young man must escape his village in order to find his uncle, who will aid him to fight against his father, a powerful sorcerer whose motives to kill his son are unknown. But even the young man has powers, and he uses them to help others on his way towards his destination. It's a one-man's odyssey on land, slow in its pace but colorful in its visuals, immersing the viewer into a fantastic world that resembles an old African folk-tale (which it is, or rather, a mix of several Kenyan fables). This is director Souleyman Cisse's most recognized film, and is considered to be one of the best African movies ever made, for its visually haunting aesthetic. In a few ways, unforgettable.

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