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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Africans as they see themselves
1 August 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee 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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