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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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An incredible visual feast for those looking for a non-western paced epic.
28 December 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

See this film! A gorgeous use of cinema from an African point-of-view. There is almost no music track which helps to emphasize the wide open spaces of the African desert. Very simple but effective use of reverse film technique for supernatural effects. A very stunning film for the adventurous filmgoer.

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