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Brightness (1987)

Yeelen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 29 April 1988 (Japan)
A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director:

Souleymane Cissé (as Solomani Sisé)

Writer:

Souleymane Cissé (screenplay) (as Solomani Sisé)
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Cast

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

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Language:

Bambara | Fulah

Release Date:

29 April 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Brightness See more »

Filming Locations:

Dilly, Mali See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Utter garbage...if you want a good African film, go see "Moolaadé" instead
21 March 2009 | by eko123See all my reviews

It's surprising to see the number of rave reviews for this movie. As someone who is passionate and open-minded about all types of foreign cinema, I thought this movie was absolutely horrible with no redeeming value whatsoever.

Not only was it overly long, but it seemed like the director only had a budget of $10 to film what turned out to be nothing more than a meandering, incoherent, pointless piece of drivel masquerading as high art. This movie barely has any plot and NO characterization whatsoever. Sadly, the only memorable thing in the movie is scenes of actual animals being killed, which is terrible.

If, as other reviewers here have said this is how Africans see themselves, then is it any surprise African films don't get much exposure in the world market of cinema?

I also completely disagree with the reviewer who said that people with long attention spans will enjoy this movie. It's more like anybody who's accustomed to such basic cinematic elements as story or character development will not enjoy "Yeelen" as it features neither.

For a far superior film from a similar region in Africa, I would highly suggest Ousmane Sembene's "Moolaadé" from 2004. It too is filmed from an African perspective rather than a Western one...but it actually has a relevant, engaging storyline with fleshed-out characters for whom you actually care.

"Yeelen" on the other hand, is an excruciating, mind-numbing experience that I wouldn't even inflict on my worst enemy. It's as enjoyable as watching urine dry on a toilet seat.


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