Yeelen (Brightness)
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Filmed in the African country of Mali, Yeelen (Brightness) weaves several Kenyan folk stories into an engaging framework. The hero is a young boy whose father is an evil magician. Marked for death by his long-absent papa, the boy bids goodbye to his mother and heads for the hills. En route to his kindly uncle, our hero utilizes his own conjuring skills for the benefit of those less fortunate than himself; he also rescues a king from being deposed. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like many stories of creation, Yeelen begins with light: the sun rises over a barren West African landscape."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Very effective in transporting you to its time and setting."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"A visually spellbinding masterpiece."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's a sign of true genius that a director can summon the rise, fall and subsequent rebirth of the cosmos with such a profound understanding and respect for the shape of things."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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