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Journey of the Hyena (1973)

Touki-Bouki (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 October 1976 (Hungary)
Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind.
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Credited cast:
Magaye Niang Magaye Niang ... Mory
Myriam Niang Myriam Niang ... Anta (as Mareme Niang)
Christoph Colomb Christoph Colomb ... (as Christophe Colomb)
Mustapha Ture Mustapha Ture ... (as Moustapha Toure)
Aminata Fall Aminata Fall ... Aunt Oumy
Ousseynou Diop Ousseynou Diop ... Charlie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josephine Baker ... Self (singing voice)


Mory, a cowherd who rides a motorcycle mounted with a cow's skull, and Anta, a university student, have met in Dakar, Senegal's capital. Alienated and disaffected with Senegal and Africa, they long to go to Paris and work up different con schemes to raise the money. Mory steals clothing and money from a wealthy gay man who had brought him home, and he and Anta book passage on a ship to France. Written by Don Larsson

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Ranked number 62 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. See more »


Followed by Hyenas (1992) See more »

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An Amazing Blend of Cultures
2 September 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind.

This film looks great and is just very interesting from the whole clash of cultures perspective. You have some African tradition here, and mixed in with that you have some Muslim practices. I am no expert, but I suspect Islam in Senegal is much different than in the Middle East. It's an interesting blend. And then, of course, you have the modern world of France, which is different from either of those cultures.

What may strike viewers the most, especially because it happens so early in the film (and is repeated later), is the slaughter of the cattle. Whether the methods shown are humane or not, I have no idea. But they look brutal, and to the modern world it may be a shock to see something that has become so far removed from our everyday life. Now, food is food, and we rarely see that once upon a time it was a living thing.

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Wolof | Arabic | French

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21 October 1976 (Hungary) See more »

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Journey of the Hyena See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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