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Hyenas (1992)
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A once-prosperous Senegalese village has been falling further into poverty year by year until the village's elders are reduced to selling town possessions to pay debts. Linguère, a former ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Ami Diakhate ...
Linguere Ramatou
Djibril Diop Mambéty
Mansour Diouf ...
Dramaan
Calgou Fall ...
The Priest
Faly Gueye ...
Mme. Drameh
Mamadou Mahourédia Gueye ...
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Issa Ramagelissa Samb ...
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A once-prosperous Senegalese village has been falling further into poverty year by year until the village's elders are reduced to selling town possessions to pay debts. Linguère, a former resident and local beauty, now very rich, returns to this, the village of her birth. The elders hope that she will be a benefactor to the village. To encourage her generosity, they appoint a local grocer, Dramaan, as mayor--who once courted her and will now try to persuade her to help. In fact, Linguère has returned with the intention of sharing her millions with the village but only in return for an unexpected action. This plot twist brings human folly and cynicism into sharp focus. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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I read the novel on which this was based.
9 August 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Hyenas" is based on Friedrich Durrenmatt's play "Der Besuch der alten Dame". In it, an old woman returns to her home town, which has fallen into disrepair. She offers them a large sum if they will take revenge on the man who caused her to lose her virginity.

Above all, it was interesting to see a Senegalese spin on the story. Obviously, we don't often hear much about Senegal. Of course, another aspect is the story's metaphors. There are two men who have been castrated and blinded. This is a metaphor for inter-war Germany: the reparations demanded by the Allies destroyed Germany economically, and then the German people didn't realize what the Nazi government was doing. Moreover, when the main character sees what everyone is trying to do to him, he goes to the authorities but can't get any help from them; this is like the Jews going to the authorities but to no avail. These are the sorts of stories to which we should all pay attention.


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