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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.

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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