Djibril Diop Mambéty / Senegal 1992 / 1h50m / 35mm / Wolof with English subtitles
Cast: Ami Diakhate, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Mansour Diouf, Mamadou Mahourédia Gueye, Faly Gueye.
In a village where everyone walks, Linguere Ramatou arrives by train. The village is Colobane, and Colobane is in trouble. Poverty, hovering over the village's existence like the hyenas stalking their prey in the desert, threatens the future of Colobane. But Ramatou, driven out of Colobane in disgrace 30 years earlier, returns as a millionairess with ideals of honesty and justice. The problem is, Ramatou’s justice is that of a wrathful goddess. And just how honest is wholesale bribery?
Could you resist a film with the line: 'Take your hands off me – you hit the hinge of my artificial leg'? The second and final feature of maverick director Djibril Diop Mambety, 'Hyenas' is awash in the hypnotic colours and intoxicating sounds of West Africa – a wicked comedy depicting the devastating effects of greed on a small, poverty-stricken village.