YEELEN

A story of cosmogony, an account of the origins of the universe. The film dramatizes this as a process of regeneration, both in the genealogical sense and in the sense of a rising from the ruins. It tells the story of a father’s quest to find and kill his son, and the son’s own journey to gain the powers necessary to fight back. Soma, the father, is fearful of the great supernatural power that his son, Nianankoro, has inherited from him, and summons the destructive forces of the gods to help him find Nianankoro and destroy him.

Mali/Burkina Faso/F/D 1987
Regie: Souleymane Cissé
105 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT

2006, Archive, Focus Africa

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