Modern Masters


Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty

Switzerland, France, Senegal, UK, 1992, 1h 50min, DCP, In Wolof, French, and Japanese with English Subtitles.

Modern Masters

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A wicked tale told with wit and irony.” – Georgia Brown, Village Voice

While HYENAS is a delightful film filled with humor and warmth, underneath it all is a sobering theme about survival and utility from a maturing artist. For Mambéty, human deprivation and suffering has the potential to unleash the animal in anyone.” – Chris Shields, Screen Slate

One of the crown jewels in Senegal’s rich narrative film tradition, HYENAS is Djibril Diop Mambéty’s 1994 masterpiece, an elegant, witty and tragic satire that skewers the colonial exploitation of the African continent long after liberation. A Senegalese village has fallen on bad times. The townspeople’s only hope is that an elderly former resident, Linguère, a woman “richer than the World Bank” —will return to save the village from economic despair.

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