Screen Epiphany: Ben Okri introduces Yeelen
The poet and novelist introduces this work of great beauty and mysticism, set in West Africa.
Dir Souleymane Cissé
With Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo
Poet and novelist Ben Okri introduces Yeelen, a film set in the sun-baked landscapes of West Africa, which follows the relationship between a sorcerer and his son and the ensuing conflict between them. Cissé wanted to make a film in which ‘the ancient depths of African culture will surge up again,’ and here he presents a work of great beauty and mysticism – often cited as a stand-out in world cinema.