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Mati Diop Becomes The First Black Woman To Have A Film In The Cannes Film Festival Competition Section | Essence

Mati Diop Becomes The First Black Woman To Have A Film In The Cannes Film Festival Competition Section | Essence

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A Senegalese film is one of the selections at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, and its director has become the first Black woman to compete for the coveted Palme d’Or.

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Atlantiques, directed by French-Senegalese actress and director Mati Diop, is “set in a suburb of Dakar, and follows a woman who’s in love with a young worker who disappears at sea, then returns with several of his colleagues to haunt their old neighborhood,” according to Variety.

Diop comes from a strong film pedigree: She is the niece of the late legendary filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty, a Cannes alumnus who won the International Critics Award for his 1972 film Touki Bouki.


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