Acclaimed director Djibril Diop Mambéty’s wicked resetting of the famous Durrenmatt play, The Visit, in a dusty and impoverished African village. Hyenas tells the story of the world’s richest woman returning to the village of her birth to seek revenge upon the man who seduced and abandoned her. When she offers the villagers millions to kill her former lover, she sets in motion a devastating tale of greed and misguided values. At once a riveting melodrama, a feast of sensuous camera work and ingenious performances, and a provocative allegory on the lure of wealth in the post-colonial third world. A cornerstone work in African cinema.
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