Balla Moussa Keita
Directed by Souleymane Cissé
This adaptation of an ancient oral legend from Mali, is one the most
acclaimed and widely seen African films ever made. An Oedipal story mixed
with magic, Yeelen
is as visually stunning as anything from Hollywood.
Set in the powerful Mali Empire of the 13th century, Yeelen
journey of Nianankoro, a young warrior who must battle the powerful Komo
cult. Nianankoro's greatest enemy is his own father, a dangerous and corrupt
wizard who uses his dark magic to try and destroy his son. Traveling over
the arid Bambara, Fulani and Dogan lands of ancient West Africa, Nianankoro
eventually comes face to face with his father in a final fatal showdown.
Cissé's extraordinary use of landscapes and light produces a unique and
striking cinematic style.
"A challenging and gorgeously filmed epic based on the oral traditions and myths of the Bambara people of Mali." ***1/2 Recommended Video Librarian
"Ravishingly beautiful...One of the great experiences of world cinema" -- Shelia Benson, The Los Angeles Times
"Conceivably the greatest African film ever made...should make George Lucas green with envy...not to be missed" -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader