Three Colours Article published by Michaël Patin The name of the Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty resurfaced at the end of 2017 with the release of I Am not a Witch by the Zambian filmmaker Rungano Nyoni, a film which regularly mentioned Hyenas as its main reference. Logical, since there are few (or none?) other African equivalents to this kind of filmmaking, trading realism for a purely mental vision of both decor and situations and pushing social satire to the absurd, the uncomfortable even… Having […]
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.
This wicked tale, told with wit and irony has the ingredients of a crowed-pleaser. VILLAGE VOICE
Hyenas is the most exhilarating mix of exotica, comedy and tragedy since 1959’s Black Orpheus. NEW YORK POST, Larry Worth
In Hyenas, Djibril Diop Mambety’s pungent adaptation of the „Visit“, the setting has been moved from Europe to Africa. Although the film, keeps the outlines of the Dürrenmatt play intact, the change of locale lends the tale a new political dimension. NEW YORK TIMES, Stephen Holden
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.
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.