Mati Diop: The Dawn of a Thousand Suns

Mati Diop: The Dawn of a Thousand Suns

“Exceedingly personal, drawn from memory, experience, and chance encounters.” – Cinema Scope

Since first drawing attention for her stunning performance in Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum (2008), Diop has emerged as an adventurous filmmaker who mines the edges between drama and creative documentary. The daughter of Senegalese musician Wasis Diop and niece of legendary filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty, Diop broke out with the Tiger Award-winning short Atlantiques (2010, 15 min.), which recalls the life-threatening attempts by Africans to reach Europe by flimsy pirogues. The program also includes Mille Soleils (2013, 45 min.), winner of top prizes at FID Marseille and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. An homage to Mambéty’s Touki Bouki (1973), Mille Soleils follows that film’s main actor, Magaye Niang, 40 years later as he searches for Myriam—his co-star and great love at the time.

In person: Mati Diop

Funded in part with generous support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

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MON 12/8
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff