With her breathtaking feature debut, ATLANTICS, French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop has emerged as one of contemporary cinema’s most bracing and distinctive voices. Her singular vision is on full display in her extraordinary short films, intricate, mysterious documentary-fiction hybrid works that explore themes of cultural identity and displacement. Blending subtly surreal visuals and richly evocative sound design to haunting, dreamlike effect, these films—including ATLANTIQUES, a forerunner to her breakout feature; and A THOUSAND SUNS, her acclaimed homage to her uncle Djibril Diop Mambéty’s classic TOUKI BOUKI—reveal a major talent coming into focus.
Directed by Mati Diop • 2013 • France, Senegal
Starring Magaye Niang, Wasis Diop
Forty years after her uncle Djibril Diop Mambéty's landmark of Senegalese cinema TOUKI BOUKI, Mati Diop revisits its lead actor, Magaye Niang, to explore the legacy of a film that continues to loom large.