BRIGHTNESS (YEELEN) :: A Souleymane Cissé feature film

BRIGHTNESS | YEELEN

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

CHOSEN BY C.J. OBASI

My favourite African feature film will have to be Yeelen (1987). It's one of those pictures that stay with you for a very long time, and you keep pondering its meaning long after the credits roll. It also appeals to my sense of style and aesthetic in exploring African spirituality and mysticism; it's just so raw and unapologetic in its Africanness. I love that.

ABOUT C.J. OBASI

The Nigerian Guardian called C.J. Obasi 'the genre filmmaker Nollywood needs.' His films include the Zombie film Ojuju, winner of Best Nigerian Film at AFRIFF; O-Town, which won Best Soundtrack at the AMAAs; and the short film Hello, Rain, which won a Special Mention at Fantasia and is based on a short story by Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy Award winner Nnedi Okorafor.

BRIGHTNESS | YEELEN ACCOLADES

:: '100 Greatest World Cinema Films,' Empire
:: Included in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, edited by Steven Jay Schneider
:: Jury Prize, Cannes, 1987
:: First Feature Award, BFI (now London), 1987
:: 86% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes
:: Winner of five international awards

CREDITS

:: Writer/Director: Souleymane Cissé
:: Music: Salif Keita and Michel Portal
:: Production & Costume Design: Kossa Mody Keita
:: DoPs: Jean-Noël Ferragut Jean-Michel Humeau
:: Editors:
Dounamba CoulibalyAndrée DavantureJenny Frenck, Nathalie Goepfert
Seipati Keita, Marie-Catherine Miqueau, Seipati N'Xumalo

CAST

:: Issiaka Kane
:: Aoua Sangare
:: Niamanto Sanogo

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