1.5 million Syrians have had to flee to Lebanon. Their only hope for a lasting solution is to participate in a resettlement program. Two families are on the verge of departure for Germany. But as they take the final step, fate intervenes. One of the two families will not leave in the end.
In Burkina Faso, desertification is stealing land and emigration is emptying the villages. The women remaining in Kamsé devote themselves to building dikes and replanting trees to fertilize the area. They resist, refuse to give up land to the desert, and hope for the return of those who have emigrated, while jihadism rises like a new threat.
After obtaining their Secondary School diplomas, some young people plan to continue their education but are not sure which area to choose.
Ten year old Bila and his cousin Nopoko live happily in their Sahelian village. Bila is taken with an elderly woman, Sana, whom he calls «Yaaba», although the rest of the village treats her as a witch. One day, Nopoko falls ill with tetanus; her condition worsens. Nobody in the village, not even the healer, can help her – except, perhaps, Sana.
In this road-movie there is a melancholic, light, late-season climate. One breathes there at ease. TELERAMA, Isabelle Fajardo
A thin layer between fiction and reality, troubling and engaging… OBJECTIF-CINEMA, Claudia Collao
After its presentation at Cannes Classics, Hyenas was shown at Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, at the 56th Film Festival of New York, at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, at the Institut Lumière in Lyon, at the Viennale, Mumbai Film Festival, etc.
Djibril Diop Mambéty followed and filmed the shooting of “Yaaba”, Idrissa Ouédraogo’s (Burkina Faso, 1989) second feature film. A documentary full of humorous anecdotes regarding the dangers of shooting in Burkina Faso.
Enormous emotional energy. CORRIERE DELA SERA (ITALY), Paolo Mereghetti
Sombre, unflinching and personal […] Markus Imhoof’s Eldorado is a deeply felt documentary essay on Europe’s refugee question. The Guardian (UK)
After his commitment as a producer, most notably to African cinema and some of his greatest titles (Yaaba, Laafi, Hyenas), the Jura native, Pierre-Alain Meier picks up the camera to confront both his career trajectory and his demons. He returns to Senegal to investigate a European woman who was found dead in 2009; the only white body among the corpses of black migrants washed up on a beach. FRIBOURG INT. FILM FESTIVAL, Thierry Jobin
Three women confide in director Fatima Sissani. More than fifty years after Algeria’s independence, they have finally decided to show their commitment against the colonial occupation and for the advent of a democratic and plural Algeria (…). EL WATAN
A hymn to the commitment of women, to their commitment to the emancipation of Algeria”.