This adaptation of an ancient oral legend from Mali is one of 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 tells of the journey of Niankoro, a young warrior who must confront the evil socerer who is also his father. Niankoro uses his own magical powers to battle his father. The film follows him on his quest across arid Bambara, Fulani and Dogon lands and explores a cross-section of West African Cultures and folklore. Cisse’s extraordinary use of lanscapes and light produces a unique and striking cinematic style.