Five Films by Mati Diop

Five Films by Mati Diop

5 Episodes

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.

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Five Films by Mati Diop
  • Atlantiques

    Episode 1

    Directed by Mati Diop • 2009 • France, Senegal
    Starring Alpha Diop, Cheikh M'Baye, Ouli Seck

    A group of young men contemplate making the treacherous voyage by sea from Senegal to Europe in Mati Diop's debut short, a prelude of sorts to her acclaimed feature of the same name.

  • Snow Canon

    Episode 2

    Directed by Mati Diop • 2011 • France
    Starring Nilaya Bal, Nour Mobarak, Alban Guyon

    In an isolated chalet in the snowy reaches of the French Alps, the relationship between a teenage girl and her babysitter assumes increasingly complex, intimate dimensions.

  • Big in Vietnam

    Episode 3

    Directed by Mati Diop • 2012 • France
    Starring Henriette Nhung, Ghe Büi, Mike Nguyen

    After she walks off her own set, a French-Vietnamese director shooting a film in Marseille journeys through the city in search of her past.

  • A Thousand Suns

    Episode 4

    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.

  • Liberian Boy

    Episode 5

    Directed by Mati Diop and Manon Lutanie • 2015 • France, Canada
    Starring Jules Langlade

    A boy channels his inner Michael Jackson in this experimental dance film set to a pulsing electro-pop beat.