Hyenas

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty‎
Senegal / 1992 / 110 min
In Wolof with English subtitles

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Live Screening introduced by Boukary Sawadogo, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Black Studies, City College of New York (CUNY).

Online premiere of new restoration.

One of the treasures of contemporary cinema, Senegalese master Mambéty made his long-delayed follow-up to his canonical Touki Bouki with this hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit. In Mambéty’s imagining, the story follows a now-rich woman returning to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child. Per its title, Hyenas is a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a modern-day Senegal whose post-colonial dreams are faced with erosion by Western materialism.

A Metrograph Pictures release.