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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
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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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Djigui the twin: [subtitled version] My child, do you know why I was separated from my twin, Soma? One day I asked my father to reveal to us the secrets of the Komo so that all might profit from the knowledge. Your grandfather, in a rage, rushed into his room and came out with the wing of Kore. Its brightness dazzled me. I could see nothing but shadows. So I left the country, blind. Only your mother knows my story.
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Secrets and initiation in the day to day life of Peulh society
7 March 1999 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

This fascinating and esthetically moving film should be seen by all who want to understand the deeper meaning of initiation and its role in a not-so-primitive society. It is useful if not indispensable to have some knowledge of sub Saharan Africa, and to realize that these Dogon and Peulh people not only have a detailed cosmogony but believe in reincarnation and know of stars we only see through a telescope. Their metaphysics were so powerful that one of the first Islamic universities, in Timbuctoo, was created for them. Aside from this, the directness and superior acting make Yeelen one of the Eighties' best cultural products.


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