A Pack of Hyenas

A Pack of Hyenas

3 Episodes

Hyenas skulk through these award-winning works of African cinema. In her meditative experimental documentary HAIRAT, Jessica Beshir returns to her childhood home of Ethiopia to create a loving portrait of Yussuf Mume Saleh, a man who has spent the last thirty-five years journeying at night through the city of Harar to feed packs of hyenas. In Souleymane Cissé’s landmark film YEELEN, a young man flees from his sorcerer father at the behest of his mother and embarks on a spiritual odyssey, during which he encounters an oracle in the form of a hyena god.

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A Pack of Hyenas
  • Jessica Beshir on HAIRAT

    Episode 1

  • Hairat
    06:37
    Episode 2

    Hairat

    Episode 2

    Directed by Jessica Beshir • 2017 • Ethiopia

    Yussuf Mume Saleh journeys nightly into the outskirts of the walled city of Harar to bond with his beloved hyenas, a ritual he has practiced for over thirty-five years. Shot in black and white, HAIRAT is a meditation on this uniquely symbiotic relatio...

  • Yeelen
    1:45:51
    Episode 3

    Yeelen

    Episode 3

    Directed by Souleymane Cissé • 1987 • Mali
    Starring Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare

    This adaptation of an ancient oral legend from Mali is one the most acclaimed and widely seen African films ever made. An Oedipal story infused with magic, YEELEN is as visually stunning as anything from Hollywood. Se...