Super creative Mati Diop is dishing out inspiration vibes right now.
The Senegalese-French director took Cannes by storm this year with her film Atlantiques, where she also made history being the first black female director to have a feature selected for the competition program at the festival.
Mati’s fame did not end there, at the upcoming 44th Toronto International Film Festival, Mati Diop will be presented with the Mary Pickford Award – a new award recognizing top female talent in the film industry.
Her film, Atlantiques, follows the story of a young woman from Dakar whose lover has mysteriously disappeared. Believed to be dead, he returns to their village in Senegal. The film is meant to be a response to the ongoing migrant/refugee crisis and it has received global recognition.
Describing Mati Diop’s film, Cameron Bailey, artistic director and co-head of TIFF describes ‘Atlantics’ has a “profound and unsettling work of art.”
The world cannot wait to celebrate Mati, “We know this is just the start for such an original and authentic voice, and we’re delighted to celebrate her success at this year’s TIFF Tribute Gala.” Cameron said.
We love a history-making queen and that is exactly who Mati Diop is.