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Black Gold: Djibril Diop Mambéty’s HYENAS – Canadian Premiere of a Brand New 4K Restoration!

  • The Royal Cinema 608 College Street Toronto, ON, M6G 1B4 Canada (map)

Join BLACK GOLD Friday, May 17th for the Canadian premiere of a brand new 4K restoration of Djibril Diop Mambéty’s HYENAS!

A limited amount of *FREE* tickets for this screening will be set aside for members of the black community. Please message Black Gold on Facebook or Instagram to reserve your complimentary ticket.



OFFICIAL SELECTION (1992):
Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, New York Film Festival

“My task was to identify the enemy of humankind: money, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. I think my target is clear.” — Djibril Diop Mambéty

“He [Mambéty] only made a handful of films in his short life…but each on is very special and has its own unique energy.” — Martin Scorsese

“Mambéty’s furious vision links the subjection of women to a corrupt legal system, economic oppression, and overarching, unrepressed patriarchal misrule—and depicting the inner corruption and depravity that the system creates.” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“A landmark film. It is heartening to know that a new audience can now discover a film that was shamefully neglected by most of the critical establishment.” — Richard Porton, Cineaste

One of the treasures of African cinema, Senegalese master Djibril Diop Mambéty’s (1945-1998) long- delayed follow-up to his canonical TOUKI BOUKI is a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Durrenmatt’s play The Visit, which in Mambéty’s version has a now-rich woman returning to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: Her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child. Per its title, a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose once-lofty post-colonial dreams have been eroded by western materialism.

Restored in 2018 by Thelma Film AG with the support of Cinematheque suisse, at Eclair Cinema, from the original negative.

Generously sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art.

BLACK GOLD is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, an agency of the Government of Ontario.



Black Gold wishes to acknowledge the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the original keepers of this land, for hosting Black Gold and The Royal Cinema. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and present in this territory.