Yeelen (1987)
aka Brightness

Genre: Drama | Fantasy
Country: Mali | Burkina Faso | France | West Germany | Japan
Director: Souleymane Cissé
Language: Bambara/Fulah or French (2 separate audio tracks)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
& Portugese (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1 | Length: 93mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 932×576 – 25fps – 1.96gb

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Made in 1987 by a French film crew in Mali, Yeelen (or “Brightness”) is a composition of old Mali myths put together to create a mythic quest of Nianankoro, a boy who travels to a distant uncle to find the second piece of the fabled Kore’s Wing, needed to defeat his father who is set of taking his son’s life. Throughout his journey, Nianankoro faces the daunting challenges of hunger and thirst, battling tribes, leopard-prophets, his father’s wrath, and then his own final battle which eventually causes his death.

Yeelen is primarily an art film which represents an important part of Mali mythology and culture with subtle political undertones. By entering this film and judging it with the idea that it is a “western movie,” you will surely not enjoy it. Instead, enter it with an open mind. Dump all preconceptions of Hollywood, open yourself to international film, and enjoy the power messages that Yeelen sets upon myth, culture, and art.

Yeelen (1987)