Hyenas

Director: Djibril Diop Mambety
Country: Senegal
Year: 1992
Running Time: 113 min
Language: Wolof with English subtitles

Mambety adapts a timeless parable of human greed into a biting satire of today’s Africa–betraying the hopes of independence for the false promises of Western materialism. Linguère Ramatou is a beautiful, young woman from a sleepy village who falls in love with a young man. When she becomes pregnant with his child, and he denies paternity so he could marry a wealthy wife, the villagers drive Linguère from home. Ideals shattered, she turns to prostitution and miraculously become the richest woman in the world, “as rich as the World Bank.”

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