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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


1992, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal, 107 min.
With Ami Diakhate, Mansour Diouf

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 11th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Oct 17th 6:00pm
New restoration!

"The greatest film made by a black African."—Charles Mudede, The Stranger

"A gimlet-eyed allegory...Mambéty's beautifully shot and colorfully performed fable entertains, but its final frames are no laughing matter."—John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Although he made only two features and five shorts, Mambéty (TOUKI BOUKI, THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN) ranks as one of Africa's most important filmmakers. Beautifully restored from the original negative, Mambéty's final feature HYENAS looks fresher and more relevant than ever. Adapted from Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt's 1956 classic The Visit, the film is set in a desert town wracked by poverty and unemployment. Deliverance appears in the form of a fabulously rich woman (Diakhate) who plans to shower the townspeople with wealth, but there's a catch: they must first kill the local storekeeper Dramaan (Diouf), who had impregnated and abandoned her many years ago. At first the good citizens are indignant, but the lure of easy credit and consumer goods soon erodes their principles. Beneath the film's rowdy humor and vibrant colors is a caustic parable about Africa exploited and corrupted by foreign capital, as well as a more universal commentary on human greed and self-delusion. In Wolof with English subtitles. New DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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