Time code

CHARACTER / VISUAL

DIALOGUE

1

00:00

People walking with hyenas

Intro Music

2

00:08

Baba Mohammed

 

Men walking with hyenas in field

I saw my father working

3

00:10

 

Music

4

00:11

Baba Mohammed

 

Men walking with hyenas in field and near a river

I saw what he was doing and I learnt everything from him.

5

00:17

Men walking with hyenas in busy Abuja streets

Music

6

00:20

Baba Mohammed

Here, we are like family. We all do the same work. My children also do this work. Everything I know how to do, they can also do.

7

00:31

Opening billboard for Hyena Boys

 

Music

8

00:57

Baba Mohammed

They call us the ones with baboons, hyenas and snakes.

9

01:05

Men interacting with hyenas and snakes

Music

10

01:16

Mufasa Mohammed (Second Born)

I have been doing this since I was 5. The hyena was also little when he started to practice with me. His name is James. Since he was little, I've been feeding him. Giving him meat and medicine. And he got used to me.

11

01:41

Mufasa Mohammed

I will deal with you (referring to the hyena).

12

01:43

Men and animals.

 

Mother washing a baby

Music

13

01:52

Aisha Mohammed (The Mother)

 

Mother washing her baby

My name is Aisha, I am Baba Mohammed's wife. He met me through my dad. My dad also does the same job as him. I was 14years old. It's been 8years since I started playing with the animals. I started with snakes. Then I moved from snakes to scorpions.

 

He took the medicine from when he was little. After his bath we will rub the medicine on him. The medicine will guide him when he grows up. When he starts playing with the snakes, monkeys, the hyenas, the baboons and the rest of them.

14

02:37

Blood in cup

 

Aisha Mohammed

The name? The name of the medicine? The medicine I give him? The name of the medicine is bauri. For now his senses are not up to it. But when the snake is in front of him he can touch it and play with it. It will do him no harm.

15

03:02

Baboon sitting in the compound

 

Baba Mohammed

 

Hyenas in the compound

It's not a problem for us to catch the baboons. We enter their holes and catch them.

 

We use medicine to help us. We drink the medicine before we go. Then we can enter and catch them. We give the animals medicine to drink. And we drink it too.

 

16

03:22

People in the yard.

 

Abdullahi Barau (The Teacher)

I've never had a bite from a snake before.

 

I am the head of the snake handlers. I teach this boy.

17

03:34

Men making boy interact with a snake.

 

Boy with snakes on him crying.

Stop crying. You have inherited the power. Take the snake.

 

Take it away. Leave it like that.

18

04:00

Abdullahi Barau

 

Abdullahi Barau interacting with snakes.

I teach every one of them because I am the teacher. I started when I was 10 years old. Now I'm 32 years old. My dad gave me medicine that I drank. That's when I wen into the bush. Any snakes that I see, I'll catch them without fail. Baboons, hyenas. Everything. I'll catch them without fail.

19

04:42

Abdullahi Barau interacting with snakes

Music

20

04:59

Men preparing themselves for their work.

 

Mufasa Mohammed

We also sell snakes, hyenas and baboons. We go to the bush, we catch them. We sell them to the rich ones who keep them in a cage for their kids. Their kids see them and they get happy.

21

05:12

Baba Mohammed

Some come to take us away to perform for them. What we gain from it depends.

We can get $8000, $5000, $3000 from them. We use the money to survive.

22

05:26

Men with chains on their ankles.

 

Men interacting with hyenas

 

Mufasa Mohammed

Music

 

We dance with it.

23

05:46

Man tying hyena down

 

Mufasa Mohammed

We are tying them up because some people are scared. In case it catches someone. That's why we are tying them up. Because this one is wicked.

24

05:58

Busy Abuja street with people interacting with the wild animals and spectators looking on

Music

25

06:15

Mufasa Mohammed

We are turning the animal and playing with it. When it lays, it will turn around and hug us. When it enjoys it. We perform together everywhere.

26

06:40

Activities on the street

Music

27

06:57

Baba Mohammed

When I get the animals, after a week or two. They will listen to me.

28

07:05

People interacting with the animals

 

Man with hyena

 

Mufasa Mohammed

Street ambienc sound.

 

I can remove the muzzle from his mouth and still play with him. I'm the one who gets him annoyed. But even when he is annoyed and I tell him to lie down, he will.

 

Lie down

29

07:33

Baba Mohammed

Everything we tell them to do, they will do. Without having to beat them.

30

07:38

Mufasa Mohammed

I will beat him if he misbehaves, but if he does nothing I don't beat him.

31

07:42

Men interacting with hyenas

(Background sound)

32

08:12

Baba Mohammed

They like us. When we're not around they miss us. And we like them too. We also miss them. Like when the others take them to perform. We hope they come home to us safely. Even those who took them out as well. That is our prayer. Even if it's just one.

33

08:34

Exterior images of the compound and the people who live there

Music

34

08:46

Baby Ishmail Mohammed interacting with snakes

Background noise.

35

09:06

Family interaction with snakes

 

Baba Mohammed

Leave him alone.

 

This trade doesn't just start now. It starts when we are little. Our parents teach us so that we can eat. Now we are teaching the younger ones. Everyone can learn. This is our work.

36

09:34

Adults and children interacting with hyenas

Baby crying.

 

This is our work and we will continue doing it.

37

09:38

Screen fades to black.

Music

38

09:48

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