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Title:
Yeelen Brightness
Author:
Cissé, Souleymane, director, author of screenplay, producer.
Publication Information:
New York : Kino on Video, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A film adaptation of one of the great oral epics of the Bambara people, set during the powerful Mali Empire of the 13th century. Tells the story of Nianankoro, a young Bambara warrior destined to destroy a corrupt older society, the secret Komo cult, and with it his father, and, inevitably, himself. The climactic flash of light which floods the screen at the film's end ushers in a new purified world order and captures the Bambara belief in time as circular, not linear, always returning to that initial "brightness" which created the world.
General Note:
Originally produced in Mali by Cissé Films 1987; released in association with Cinecom International Films.
Language:
Bambara
Geographic Term:
UPC:
738329025922
Format :
DVD

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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, Rovi


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