Yeelen (Brightness)

  • 1987
  • Mali / Burkina Faso / France / West Germany
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Souleymane Cisse
  • Cast: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo

A young Bambarra boy steals a sacred object from the tribe, an act which breaks centuries of tradition and leaves his father carrying the burden of atonement. The boy runs off in search of a missing uncle, but tribal shame still hangs over him. Completely enthralling and accessible film, whose framework of tribal rituals and mythologies conjures an innocently magical alternative universe. An enchanting trip through the epic narrative style of a remote but not inhospitable culture.

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