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473 Ratings



Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
Senegal, France, 1992
Comedy, Drama
  • Wolof
  • English


A now-rich woman returns 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.

Hyenas Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty

Critics reviews

Mambéty took on his ambitious mission in the style of African magic realism, transporting the story into an imaginary version of the very real Senegalese area of Colobane.
April 26, 2019
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Mambéty never made another feature, although he did leave a 45-minute short meant to be part of a larger trilogy. A bold and splashy homage to Dakar’s street children, “The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun” (which can be streamed via Kanopy) is as affirmative as “Hyenas” is pessimistic.
April 24, 2019
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The narrative moves at a different pace to European cinema, a languid, sun-beaten mood, with crisp, clear, bright visuals.
October 01, 2018
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