In this epic drama drawing on Bambara culture, which echoes mythic legends in an invented tale, a hero undergoes ordeals that allow him to renovate a decaying society. A young man must penetrate the secrets of the Komo cult (a real caste of specialist knowledge among the Bambara), whose members have abused their spiritual powers. Niamankoro suffers his father's wrath as he travels throughout the Bambara empire and Dogon and Peul societies.

Original Title Yeelen
German Title Yeelen - Das Licht
French Title La lumière
Other Titles La luce
Directed by Souleymane Cissé
Country Mali
Available Formats 35mm, DVD
Screenplay Souleymane Cissé
Film Editing Andrée Davanture, Dounamba Coulibali
Soundtrack Michel Portal, Salif Keita
Cinematography Jean-Noel Ferragut
Sound Daniel Olivier, Michel Mellier
Décors Kossa Mody Keita
Production Les Film Cissé
Runtime 106 Min.
Language Bambara, Französisch/d/f
Actors
Niamanto Sanogo Soma
Koumba Traore Nianankoro\'s Mother
Balla Moussa Keita Peul King
Issiaka Kane Nianankoro
Aoua Sangare Attu
Ismaila Sarr Djigui
Youssouf Tenin Cissé Attu's Son
Awards

Prix du Jury Festival de Cannes 1987
Goldene Rose, Bergamo
Preis der Eutopäischen Gemeinschaft Brüssel

«Kürzlich habe ich .... "Yeelen" des afrikanischen Regisseurs Souleymane Cissé gesehen. Der Film hat mich umgehauen.»

Martin Scorsese



«Ma façon de vivre, c’est de croire en l’avenir; si j’étais fataliste, je ne serais pas cinéaste. Rien ne me poussait à faire du cinéma. C’est moi qui l’ai choisi. Je voulais voir les choses et les faire voir. Quand on a cette curiosité, on ne peut pas être fataliste.»

Souleymane Cissé



«Souleymane Cisse recreates the premodern world of the Bambara culture, where the only hint of the industrial age is the presence of a black-smith.» New York Times

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