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Hyenas by Djibril Diop Mambéty (1992)

Mauvais Genres Film Festival

dateNovember 11, 2021 timeThursday, 7:00pm–9:30pm EST locationColumbia UniversityCOWIN AUDITORIUM (HORACE MANN HALL 147) IN TEACHERS COLLEGE
  • Open to Columbia University Community only. RSVP with CUID required.

    In solidarity with the Student Workers of Columbia (SWC) strike at Columbia University, a student organizer has been invited to speak before the film screening about why the students are on strike and how their efforts can be supported.

  • Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Institute for Ideas and Imagination
  • Paul LeClerc Centennial Fund
  • Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Columbia Maison Française
  • First come, first seated
  • Photo ID required for entry
Film poster for Hyenas

Hyenas by Djibril Diop Mambéty (1992)
MAUVAIS GENRES: Columbia Maison Française Film Festival

Fiction, 110 minutes
*In French and Wolof with English subtitles

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Professor Mamadou Diouf.

Linguère Ramatou fled her native land in Sahel and acquired a legendary fortune; now she is returning by train to her former village, and she announces that she will make a fabulous donation, subject to certain conditions. Dramaan, Linguère's former lover, who denied paternity of their child and caused young Linguere’s initial departure, could well be the target of her revenge… Adapted from Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit of the Old Lady (1955), this visually fascinating and fiercely anti-patriarchal and anti-colonialist feature is the second and last film by Djibril Diop Mambéty. Produced in France, selected in Cannes in 1992, and recently restored, it is considered a masterpiece of Senegalese cinema.

Djibril Diop Mambéty (1945–1998) was a Senegalese film director, actor, orator, composer and poet. Though he made only two feature films and five short films, they received international acclaim for their original and experimental cinematic technique and non-linear, unconventional narrative style. His niece, director Mati Diop, paid tribute to his first feature, Touki Bouki, in her film Mille Soleils.

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This event is featured as part of the film festival, Mauvais Genres: French Cinema Takes on Gender organized by the Columbia Maison Française and curated by Nora Philippe.

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