Hyènes (Senegal: 1992)

Director

Djibril Diop Mambéty

Cast list

Ami Diakhate                                               Linguere Ramatou
Mansour Diouf                                             Dramaan
Calgou Fall                                                    The Priest
Faly Gueye                                                     Madame Drameh
Mamadou Mahourédia Gueye                 The Mayor
Issa Ramagelissa Samb                            The Professor

Credits

Writing Credits: Djibril Diop Mambéty and Friedricj Dürrenmatt
Cinematography: Matthias Kälin

Synopsis

A once-prosperous Senegalese village has been falling further into poverty year by year until the village's elders are reduced to selling town possessions to pay debts. Linguère, a former resident and local beauty, now very rich, returns to this, the village of her birth. The elders hope that she will be a benefactor to the village. To encourage her generosity, they appoint a local grocer, Dramaan, as mayor--who once courted her and will now try to persuade her to help. In fact, Linguère has returned with the intention of sharing her millions with the village but only in return for an unexpected action. This plot twist brings human folly and cynicism into sharp focus.

Reviews

Reviews:

Frank Ukadike, The Hyenas Last Life: A converstation Djibril Diop Mambéty, Transition 78

Hyenes A Film Review, Trigon Film

Jen Bouhard, “West African films: "Hyènes/Hyenas," Examiner

 

Academic Articles:
Ukadike, Frank. “The Hyena’s Last Laugh.” Transition. 78 (1998): 136-153. Print.

Oscherwitz, Dayna. “Of Cowboys and Elephants: Africa Globalization and the Nouveau Western in Djibril Diop Mambety's "Hyenas." Research in African Literature. (2008): 223-238. Print

Rayfield, J.R. “Hyenas: The Message and the Messanger.” Research in African Literature 1995: 78-82 JS

Barr, Burlin. “Dependencey, Appetite, and Iconographies of Hunger in Mambéty’s Hyenas.” Social Text. No. 103 (2010): 57-83.

 

 

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