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'Hyenas' to Screen
At UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Nov. 2, 1999|
"Hyenas," a cautionary allegory that depicts the effects of greed in an impoverished land, will screen Dec. 16-19 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The International Film Society will present the 1992 film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.
"In 'Touki-Bouki' and other films," wrote The San Francisco Chronicle, "Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety has expressed a bitter sense that European and American capitalism has destroyed traditional values in Africa, replacing them with the urban hells of poverty, crime and disease. The theme arises again in Mambety's funny, barbed parable, 'Hyenas.'"
"Hyenas" is a modern updating of a 1956 play, "The Visit," written by Swiss playwright Friedrich Durrenmatt. Reset in a dusty village in Senegal, the story centers on a woman's return to the place of her birth. She had left the prosperous town 30 years before in disgrace. She returns to the now impoverished community as a grand lady and the world's wealthiest woman. She announces she will give $200 million to the town but only if the community executes one of its best-loved members a kind, middle-aged grocer who seduced and abandoned her three decades before.
In Wolof, subtitled in English, the 110-minute film will screen via video projection.
Tickets are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 2, 1999