Yeelen (Brightness)
Yeelen (Brightness) (1987)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1987
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Like many stories of creation, Yeelen begins with light: the sun rises over a barren West African landscape.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Very effective in transporting you to its time and setting.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A visually spellbinding masterpiece.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Yeelen", Niankoro(Issiaka Kane) and his mother(Soumba Traore) have been on the run from his father, Soma(Niamanto Sanogo),… More
John Ballantine
Yeelen is a magical tale full of the rich history of Mali brought very effectively to life given the inevitably small budget. It is the earliest film that I… More