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Yeelen [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Issiaka Kane , Aoua Sangare , Souleymane Cissé    DVD
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  • Actors: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo, Balla Moussa Keita, Soumba Traore
  • Directors: Souleymane Cissé
  • Writers: Souleymane Cissé
  • Producers: Souleymane Cissé
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0000D0YWS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,657 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeelen 28 Jan 2010
This DVD was exactly what I wanted, because I had already seen it before, in a fringe-cinema.
A magical journey in an Africa before the ingress of the Mickey Mouse...
Where a powerful magician's son must confront his father in a battle for the succession.
The brotherhood of initiates are corrupt, and the acolyte, after being prepared through a series of tests and trials,
both mystic and practical, succeeding even where he believes to have failed, -
offers up the supreme sacrifice to atone for the sins of his fathers.
I would not consider it an action movie, but it is evocative and atmospheric, deeply moving at times, with a great sense of authenticity.
If you can be bothered with movies where you have to read subtitles,
and you like exploring the strange and wonderful diversity of humankind on this earth, - well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Light 22 April 2005
By Brian E. Erland - Published on
Note: Original language is Bambara (African dialect) with English subtitles.

Yeelen (meaning 'brightness') is a mythic tale from Africa dealing with the spiritual forces of good and evil, darkness and light, as embodied in the form of a father and son.

Nianankoro is a young sorcerer from a long family line of sorcerers. His estranged, malevolent Father is on his way from a neighboring village to find and kill his son. Nianankoro leaves his home and travels across the stark, arid West African landscape in search of his Uncle, his Father's twin brother, in the hope that he will be able to help him defeat his Father in magical combat.

Yeelen is an excellent movie, but it isn't a film for everyone. If you're interested in magic, sorcery and the mystical traditions of other cultures you will find this film absolutely fascinating and informative. If you enjoyed Peter Weir's: 'The Last Wave' you will definitely appreciate Souleymane Cisse's: 'Yeelen.'
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning, "Yeelen" is the most mystical and the most beautiful of African films... 12 Feb 2009
By Roberto Frangie - Published on
Its director, Souleymane Cissé, from Mali in West Africa, has expressed his desire to make films which are uniquely African in style rather than imitating those of the United Sates or Europe... To this end he relies on stories, true and mythical, told by old men and handed down through the generations...

A young warrior (Issiaka Kane), threatened with death by his evil sorcerer father (Niamanto Sanogo), goes on a journey where he learns the power of magic... The film inhabits a world of dreams, but not the kind described by Dr Freud...

However, the movie's basis in a mystical tradition does not render it inaccessible to Western audiences... The structure of the narrative, based on a quest for magical knowledge and power, is clear and firm, and the consistent pattern of imagery based on the elements of fire, water, earth and light (the title translates as 'brightness') is not specific to African culture... The film's use of landscape, yellow spaces of the desert, is one of its chief glories... The performers too have great charm...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some news from Mali? 25 Sep 2011
By Michael Kerjman - Published on
I hope something had changed in Mali since this story of a witch-son running from and contested after a witch-father of him, was created in 1987.

It is a nice romantic movie, very special for non-Africans surely.

A window into Africa.
3.0 out of 5 stars Kino Video DVD 27 Feb 2014
By ES Blofeld - Published on
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This is a really, REALLY shoddy release. The transfer is terrible and is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen, with hard-coded subtitles and no menu. I was fortunate to see this extremely interesting film in a much better transfer before I bought this DVD, but couldn't stomach the amateurish job Kino did.
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie 30 Jun 2013
By Rose mayanja - Published on
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It was a refreshing find and showed aspects of africa I ahad never seen before. The performance is unique and very real.
The story is also quite interesting. they did a good job with the landscape. I would recomend it .
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