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414 Ratings



Directed by Souleymane Cissé
Mali, Burkina Faso, 1987
Drama, Fantasy


Set in the powerful Mali Empire of the 13th century, Yeelen follows the journey of Nianankoro, a young warrior who must battle the powerful Komo cult. Nianankoro’s greatest enemy is his own father, a dangerous and corrupt wizard who uses his dark magic to try and destroy his son.

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Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1987 | Winner: Jury Prize

1987 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Independent Spirit Awards

1989 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

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