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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] 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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Visually stunning, "Yeelen" is the most mystical and the most beautiful of African films…
8 December 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Its director, Souleymane Cissé, from Mali in West Africa, has expressed his desire to make films which are uniquely African in style rather than imitating those of the United Sates or Europe… To this end he relies on stories, true and mythical, told by old men and handed down through the generations…

A young warrior (Issiaka Kane), threatened with death by his evil sorcerer father (Niamanto Sanogo), goes on a journey where he learns the power of magic… The film inhabits a world of dreams, but not the kind described by Dr Freud…

However, the movie's basis in a mystical tradition does not render it inaccessible to Western audiences… The structure of the narrative, based on a quest for magical knowledge and power, is clear and firm, and the consistent pattern of imagery based on the elements of fire, water, earth and light (the title translates as 'brightness') is not specific to African culture… The film's use of landscape, yellow spaces of the desert, is one of its chief glories… The performers too have great charm…


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