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Film poster
Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
Produced by Pierre-Alain Meier
Alain Rozanès
Written by Djibril Diop Mambéty
Based on The Visit
by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Starring Ami Diakhate
Music by Wasis Diop
Cinematography Matthias Kälin
Edited by Loredana Cristelli
Distributed by California Newsreel Productions
Release date
  • September 18, 1992 (1992-09-18) (TIFF)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Senegal
Language Wolof

Hyènes is a 1992 Senegalese comedy film adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's Swiss-German satirical play The Visit,[1] directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty. The intimate story of love and revenge parallels a critique of neocolonialism and African consumerism. It was entered into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


Hyènes (Hyenas) tells the story of Linguere Ramatou, an aging, wealthy woman who revisits her home village 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.


Critical response[edit]

Critical response to the film was mostly positive. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 69% of critics gave the film positive reviews based upon a sample of 159, with an average score of 3.7 out of 5. Hyènes was nominated for the Golden Palm award at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

  • "A timeless story...The strong story line and fine ensemble acting provide a faster, more easily assimilated rhythm than many African films." - Variety
  • "This pungent film adaptation's change of locale lends the tale a new political dimension...(Mambety) inflects the grim drama with an edge of carnival humor. This film carries a sting!" - New York Times
  • "This wicked tale, told with wit and irony, has all the ingredients of a crowd-pleaser." - The Village Voice
  • "Funnier and warmer than Dürrenmatt ever dared to be but with the tale's bleak, ominous edges still in evidence." - New York Newsday


"California Newsreel - HYENAS". California Newsreel. Archived from the original on 20 December 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 

  1. ^ "Film Review: Hyenas". Ralph Dumain: "The Autodidact Project". Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Hyènes". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 19 September 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 

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