The Hyena's Journey

dir. Djibril Diop Mambéty

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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Djibril Diop Mambéty's brilliant, nouvelle vague-inspired tale of young lovers on the run has earned a legendary reputation in the history of African cinema.

The rarely screened Touki-Bouki has a legendary reputation in African cinema. Inspired by the French New Wave, Mambéty's brilliant blend of surrealism and fragmented narrative structure brought him instant fame at international film festivals. Mory and Atna are two restless lovers who feel alienated from society and long to escape to Paris, where they expect to find freedom. The picaresque follows their adventures as they ride through Dakar on a motorcycle accessorized with a pair of cattle horns. "Touki-Bouki tears up the screen with fantasies of African modernity never before seen on film. Mory and Anta are revels with a cause: 'they can't get no satisfaction' from post-independence Africa" (Manthia Diawara). — Susan Oxtoby

Thanks to World Cinema Foundation; Cineteca di Bologna; L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory; Teemour Mambety, Maag Daan Crossmedia.