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Hyenas1992

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Twenty years after his astonishing first film, TOUKI BOUKI, Djibril Diop Mambety brings us a second feature, HYENAS, as provocative as his first. He adapts a timeless parable of human greed into a biting satire of today's Africa, betraying the hopes of independence for the false promises of Western materialism. Mambety has even been called the avatar of a new mood sweeping the continent, "Afro-pessimism." Loosely based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's THE VISIT.

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Official selection of the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.


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Great director. I haven't seen a movie this profound and beautiful in many years. The director uses every bit of space and elements on screen to convey a magical and surreal landscape, while also providing amazing insights into the nature of humanity. The actors' performances are subtle and haunting. I highly recommend Touki Bouki as well, but this film showed even more evolution in style and storytelling.

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Great director. I haven't seen a movie this profound and beautiful in many years. The director uses every bit of space and elements on screen to convey a magical and surreal landscape, while also providing amazing insights into the nature of humanity. The actors' performances are subtle and haunting. I highly recommend Touki Bouki as well, but this film showed even more evolution in style and storytelling.

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To speak is good. totell the truth is better. That is what the Ramadou said. This is the most wtty and moving moie I have seen in the last 20years. Mythanks to Fandor for making it availabe to me

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Epic. This puts African cinema on the global film circuit, again and again. Timeless.

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Great movie with interesting plot. The Director sets up a moral dilemma for the spectator with the actions of Draman Drameh; making it so Ramtou's actions seem justified, even as they become unbearable. However, heart strings are pulled toward Draman's direction as we see him caring for his family and community. Also, the critique of a spend-thrift way of life is apparent; Ramatou brings fun, free time, and appliances to the people where before there was only work. And yet, this brings out the worst in people. Reminds me of Qué he hecho para merecer ésto?

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Excellent movie

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Brilliant and profound. If Sembene is akin to Truffaut; Mambety goes deeper and is more like Godard. But to relegate him to such an easy comparison is to dismiss his true value and contribution as a filmmaker. "Hyenas" is a powerful film and although his catalog of films is not as prolific as many others, Mambety makes use of each and every film opportunity to plumb man's depths, reveal the scandalous disorder of our governments and societies and stays honest without giving us corny or loose-fitting affirmations which may not be true...I miss him immensely.

Brilliant film, if complicated gender politics.