MO, 19.09., 9 PM
Kino des Deutschen Filmmuseums
Original with English subtitles

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BF/D/F/MLI 1987, Director: Souleymane Cissé, 105 min., feature film
OV with English subtitles, released 6, recommended 12

For Nianankoro one thing is clear: he would like to become a healer – just like his father Soma. But his father fears the competition of his son and uses all means necessary to prevent him from becoming his equal. Ultimately Nianankoro’s mother sends her son off on a journey, during which he is supposed to gain knowledge to challenge his father. In impressive imagery, the film tells of the young man’s coming-of-age during his long marches through the savannah, the rivers, valleys, and hills. Almost twenty years after its premiere, YEELEN is still considered one of the most important films of African cinema. (SW)

 Winner »Jury Prize« Internationale Filmfestspiele Cannes, 1987


Souleymane Cissé

Fascinated by film since his early childhood, Souleymane Cissé studied film in Moscow. Subsequently he worked as a cinematographer for the Ministry of Information in Mali. Since 1972 he has realized his own films. His debut BAARA (1978) was awarded the prize at FESPACO (Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou). Cissé is one of the renowned African directors.

2009 Min Ye / 1995 Waati / 1987 Yeelen / 1982 Finye / 1978 Baara / 1975 Den muso / 1973 Cinq jours d’une vie