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Afro Prairie Presents: Hyenas

Thu, Aug 22 / 7 pm
Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
1992, Senegal/Switzerland/France/UK, 110 min

$10 ALL ADMISSIONS. NO PASSES.

New 2K restoration by Thelma Film AG courtesy of Metrograph Pictures. One of the treasures of African cinema, Mambéty’s long-delayed follow-up to his canonical Touki Bouki is a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit, which in Mambéty’s version has 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, a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose once-lofty post-colonial dreams have been eroded by western materialism.

Presented in partnership with the Afro Prairie Film Festival.

Reviews

Mambéty’s film can be seen as both an assault on ongoing economic imperialism and a mournful commentary on the current state of African communalism.
— Richard Porton, Cinéaste
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