Awash in the hypnotic colors and intoxicating sounds of West Africa, Hyenas is a wicked comedy by director Djibril Diop Mambéty (Touki Bouki), depicting the devastating effects of greed on a small, poverty-stricken village.
Dramaan Drameh (Mansour Diof) is a respected, convivial shopkeeper in the tiny village of Colobane. But a forgotten act of cruelty committed thirty years in his past comes back to haunt him when the young girl he impregnated and abandoned returns seeking revenge. Now a weary, calculating millioniress, Linguère Ramatou (Ami Diakhate) offers the citizens of Colobane her riches in exchange for just one thing: the life of the man who betrayed her. Dramaan's neighbors at first scoff at Linguère's gruesome offer but -- dazzled by the televisions, cigarettes, and refrigerators Linguère's money can buy -- they begin to reconsider their allegiance to Colobane's once beloved merchant...and the "reign of the hyenas" begins.
A shrewd glimpse of human nature at its darkest, Hyenas has been celebrated by audiences around the world as a witty, acidic satire of consumer culture and its corruption of modern Africa. It was ingeniously adapted by Mambéty from Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt's play The Visit.
Audio commentary by film scholar Boukary Sawadogo, Ph.D. | Booklet with introduction by culture writer Rooney Elmi and interview with director Djibril Diop Mambéty | Trailers
- Djibril Diop Mambéty - Director
- Ami Diakhate - Actor
- Mansour Diouf - Actor
- Faly Gueye - Actor
- Omar Ba - Actor