Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Mesmerizing Anti-Neocolonial Masterpiece "Hyenas"

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Ami Diakhate in Hyenas, a film by Djibril Diop Mambéty. A Metrograph Pictures release.In more ways than one, Senegal is exactly like Iceland. Everyone is connected. All the Icelandic people I have ever met somehow know each other from high school, and have had some connection to Björk, like bringing their children to the same swimming pool as hers or being a distant relative. Every Icelander also has written and published a book—or so it seems. Similarly, if you are Senegalese, every single one of your compatriots somehow is your distant cousin. If not, then you will have to spend all the time it will take to figure out how you are related, even if you have to go back several generations to find that link. This is because so much of Senegalese culture is about bonding with people like siblings, and looking out for one another, even
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