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Fri, Jul 30



HYENAS: Satire From Senegal!

Newly restored in 4K from the original print, Djibril Diop Mambéty’s tragicomic masterpiece presents a visually stunning and often hilarious critique of neocolonialist structures, capitalist society, and consumer culture. Somali Bantu Cuisine created by Said Bulle of Jilib Jiblets will be available.

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HYENAS:  Satire From Senegal!
HYENAS:  Satire From Senegal!

Time & Location

Jul 30, 2021, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Brattleboro, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

About the event

Hyenas (1992). 

A Senegalese film adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s Swiss-German play The Visit, presents an intimate story of love and revenge that pulls the curtain back on capitalism—exposing the essential dynamic within a society centered around money and material accumulation. Written and directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty, the creator of the African new-wave landmark, Touki Bouki, with a soundtrack mixing traditional music with Western movie motifs by his brother, the singer-songwriter Wasis Diop. 

"Presenting a spiritual sequel to Touki Bouki, as well as critique of neocolonialism and consumerism, Mambéty’s rich allegory both encapsulates and transcends the complexity of the postcolonial African experience. In the words of film scholar Clyde Taylor, “[Hyenas] is singular in leaving no ideological or sociological space for any viewer to hide, African or foreign, black or white, female or male, in witnessing the moral crisis of contemporary humanity from an African viewpoint.”- Harvard Film Archive

“The hyena is an animal of Africa. Singularly wild. It practically almost never kills. First cousin to the vulture. It knows how to sniff out illness in others. And then is capable of following, for a whole season, a sick lion. From a distance. Across the Sahel. To feast one evening on its corpse. Peacefully.”  —Djibril Diop Mambéty


  • Admission to Backlot Cinema!

    Ticket for one person- includes entry into the Raffle! Please choose your seating with respect for others and let us know if you require special arrangements. Enjoy the program!

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