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Yeelen (1987)

Cast: Issiaka Kane, Niamanto Sanogo, Dounanke Traore, more...
Director: Souleymane Cisse
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Classic Drama, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Myths, Africa
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: Bambara
Subtitles: English
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Filmed in the African country of Mali, Yeelen (Brightness) weaves several Kenyan folk stories into an engaging framework. The hero is a young boy whose father is an evil magician. Marked for death by his long-absent papa, the boy bids goodbye to his mother and heads for the hills. En route to his kindly uncle, our hero utilizes his own conjuring skills for the benefit of those less fortunate than himself; he also rescues a king from being deposed. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Masterpiece of African Cinema by BYoung December 23, 2009 - 11:55 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Takes you into another world, or at least another continent. Not political like Sembene, but of the same quality.

Note: misdescribed in the summary. This movie has nothing to do with Kenya. Director is from Mali, and its mythic characters are Bambara people, who live in Mali, Burkina Faso, and thereabouts.

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(Average 8.00)
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