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Brightness (1987)

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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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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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Third World magic
8 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Souleymane Cisse's groundbreaking feature makes no concessions to Western attitudes or tastes, but why should it? It's a truly African experience, made from a totally native perspective and set in a timeless, pre-colonial landscape, where sorcery and enchantment are merely extensions of natural law. The story unfolds in the epic tradition of true mythology, with the young son of a despotic tribal magician embarking on a fabulous quest for wisdom and enlightenment, which in the end will not only bring him face to face with his powerful father but usher him into manhood as well. There's a genuine sense of discovery to the film, both for its visionary depiction of Bambara tribal folklore, and also in the thrill of witnessing a local African production break into the international arena. Unlike other examples of Third World cinema this is no simple, primitive anthropology lesson, but a handsome, sophisticated motion picture every bit as luminous as the title suggests.


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