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180 Ratings



Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
Senegal, France, 1992
Comedy, Drama


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.

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Hyenas Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty

Critics reviews

[Diop 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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