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Directed by Djibril Diop Mambety

Senegal, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom 1992 110 mins. In Wolof, French, Japanese with English subtitles

In this follow-up (19 years later!) to his canonical and unimpeachable Touki-Bouki (1973), legendary Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty set his sights on the encroaching materialism of the West, with heartbreaking yet comic results. An adaptation of The Visit, a play by Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Hyenas is set in the small village of Colobane. The village is spiritually led by Dramaan Drameh (Mansour Diouf), owner of the town grocery—a central space for its inhabitants. Returning to town is a former resident Linguere Ramatou (Ami Diakhate), an aristocratic woman who longs to restore the town to its old glories on one condition: that the other villagers kill Drameh, her former lover. Gorgeously shot and with a stunning soundtrack by Wasis Diop, Mambéty’s final feature is one of the most famous African films, newly restored after being long unavailable.