|Directed by||Souleymane Cissé|
|Produced by||Souleymane Cissé|
|Written by||Souleymane Cissé|
|Music by||Salif Keita
|Release dates||May 1987 (premiere at Cannes)
14 April 1989 (USA, limited)
|Running time||105 min.|
|Country||Mali / Burkina Faso / France / West Germany|
Yeelen (Bambara for "brightness"/"light") is a 1987 Malian film directed by Souleymane Cissé. It is filmed in the Bambara and Fula languages, and is based on a legend told by the Bambara people. Though the era is undefined, it is presumably set in the 13th century in the Mali Empire and is a heroic quest narrative featuring magic and precognition.
It stars Issiaka Kane as Niankoro, a young African man who possesses magical powers. Niamanto Sanogo plays Niankoro's father, who is tracking his son through the Bambara, Fulani and Dogon lands of West Africa using a magical wooden post to guide him.
- Issiaka Kane - Niankoro
- Aoua Sangare - Attou
- Niamanto Sanogo - Soma / Djigui
- Balla Moussa Keita - Rouma Boll, Fula king
- Soumba Traore - Mah
- Ismaila Sarr - Bofing
- Youssouf Tenin Cissé - Le petit garcon d'Attou
- Koke Sangare - Komo chief
- "Festival de Cannes: Yeelen". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
- "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema | 93. The Fourth Man". Empire.
Samuel Lelièvre, La Lumière de Souleymane Cissé. Cinéma et Culture, Paris, L'Harmattan, 2013 (ISBN 978-2-343-00201-9).
See Wikipedia French article at http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeelen for bibliographical references.
- Yeelen at the Internet Movie Database
- Yeelen at AllMovie
- Yeelen at Film Atlas - Contains detailed plot summary.
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