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Opens on March 31

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty Run Time: 110 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1992 Language: Wolof, French & Japanese with English subtitles

Starring: Ami Diakhate, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Mamadou Mahourédia Gueye, Mansour Diouf

One of the treasures of African cinema, Senegalese master Djibril Diop Mambéty’s long-delayed follow-up to his canonical Touki Bouki is a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit, which in Mambéty’s imagining follows 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, HYENAS is a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose post-colonial dreams are faced with erosion by western materialism. – Metrograph Pictures Brattle Debut!

“My task was to identify the enemy of humankind: money, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.” – Djibril Diop Mambety

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