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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Blood money

Posted By on 07.02.09 at 10:39 AM

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19 years after his groundbreaking 1973 feature debut Touki Bouki, Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambety adapted Friedrich Durrenmatt's Swiss play The Visit for his 1992 second feature Hyenas, screening tonight in the Black World Cinema series at Chatham 14 theater. 

A wealthy woman returns to her home village and offers the townspeople a fortune to kill a local shopkeeper who impregnated and abandoned her when she was a girl.  Jonathan Rosenbaum called it "a comic allegory about contemporary colonialism, consumerism, and their relation to each other."

Hyenas screens tonight at 7 PM at 210 W. 87th St. $5.

The Black World Cinema series runs the first Thursday of every month.  It'is hosted by Floyd Webb, profiled in Dan Kelly's 2006 Reader cover story about his documentary The Search for Count Dante on notorious 70s martial arts guru John Keehan.

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