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Canceled—Hyenas

film series: African Legacy: Francophone Films 1955 to 2019

  • Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Embassy of France

courtesy Metrograph Pictures

Senegalese master Djibril Diop Mambety’s Hyenas is a satirical adaptation of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s play The Visit. A newly wealthy woman returning to her desert village proposes a deal to the citizenry: she will give the village her fortune in exchange for the murder of the local man who, years earlier, seduced her and abandoned her with a child. Mambéty said, “My task was to identify the enemy of humankind: Money . . . I think my target is clear.” (Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1992, subtitles, 110 minutes)