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Yeelen = Brightness  Cover Image DVD DVD

Yeelen = Brightness / Filimu SISE bèna = Cissé Films present ; Solomani Sise, ka dja laben nè.


A film adaptation of one of the great oral epics of the Bambara people, set during the powerful Mali Empire of the 13th century. Tells the story of Nianankoro, a young Bambara warrior destined to destroy a corrupt older society, the secret Komo cult, and with it his father, and, inevitably, himself. The climactic flash of light which floods the screen at the film's end ushers in a new purified world order and captures the Bambara belief in time as circular, not linear, always returning to that initial "brightness" which created the world.

Record details

  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: New York : Kino on Video, [2002]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally produced in Mali by Cissé Films 1987; released in association with Cinecom International Films.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Photography, Jean-Noel Ferragut, Jean-Michel Humeau ; editor, Dounamba Coulibaly ; music, Salif Keita, Michel Portal.
Participant or Performer Note:
Isiyaka Kane, Awa Sangare, Nyamanto Sanogo, Bala Musa Keyita, Sumba Tarawolo, Isimayila Sar, Koke Sangare, Yusufu Tenen Sise, Sidi Jalo.
System Details Note:
Language Note:
In Bambara with English subtitles; summaries in French.
Subject: Bambara (African people) > Drama.
Bambara (African people) > Rites and ceremonies > Drama.
Bambara (African people)
Bambara (African people) > Rites and ceremonies.
Mali > Drama.
Genre: Film adaptations.
Fantasy films.
Feature films > Mali.
Foreign films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Foreign films > Mali.
Motion pictures, African.
Fantasy films.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Feature films > Mali.
Foreign films.
Foreign language films > Bambara.
Motion pictures, African.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Homer Public Library DVD YEE (Text) 000161455 Video Available -

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