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Courtesy of Mahen Bonetti

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet
Map & Directions

Directed by Djibril Diop Mambety



113 minutes


An adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's famous Swiss play, The Visit, Hyenas tells the story of Linguere Ramatou, an aging, wealthy woman who revisits her home village – and Mambéty's – of Colobane. Linguere offers a disturbing proposition to the people of Colobane and lavishes luxuries upon them to persuade them. This embittered woman, "as rich as the World Bank," will bestow upon Colobane a fortune in exchange for the murder of Dramaan Drameh, a local shopkeeper who abandoned her after a love affair and her illegitimate pregnancy when she was 16. The intimate story of love and revenge between Linguere and Dramaan parallels a critique of neocolonialism and African consumerism. 

Generous support provided by Ms. Melanie Gray and Mr. Mark Wawro.