• Director

    Souleymane Cissé

  • With

    Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo, Balla Moussa Keita

  • Mali-Burkina Faso-France-Japan-West Germany 1987. 105min

  • 35mm

  • Certificate


  • English subtitles

Souleymane Cissé conjures a spellbinding mythical fantasy set in medieval Mali. Yeelen follows the journey of a young sorcerer who seeks to escape from – and then ultimately face – his evil magician father, in a final confrontation between light and darkness. Awarded the jury prize at the 1987 Cannes festival, Yeelen is rightly hailed as a breakthrough for African cinema.

Contains scenes of animal cruelty which some viewers will find distressing