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Friday, Nov. 15, 2019
Mati Diop has always lived in Paris but as a French-Senegalese woman whose family is from Dakar, she’s long been acutely conscious of another, unlived existence for herself in Africa. And it’s there that her life as a filmmaker has largely resided.
Diop spent nine months in Senegal making...
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019
Director Mati Diop has been named the inaugural recipient of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Mary Pickford Award supported by MGM. The honor, to be presented at the TIFF Tribute Gala on Monday, September 9, is named in honour of Toronto native Mary Pickford and recognizes an emerging...
Saturday, May. 25, 2019
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's social satire "Parasite," about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family, won the Cannes Film Festival's top award, the Palme d'Or, on Saturday.
The win for "Parasite" marks the first Korean film to ever win the Palme. In the...
Friday, May. 17, 2019
Mati Diop was initially disappointed when she, by reading a news article, discovered that she was the first black female filmmaker in the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious competition in its 72-year history.
"I hadn't realized myself. I didn't know," the 36-year-old French-Senegalese...
Tuesday, May. 14, 2019
As the red carpet unfurled Tuesday at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival and Jim Jarmusch's zombie comedy "The Dead Don't Die" was set to premiere, jury president Alejandro Inarritu criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's plans for a Mexican border wall and lamented his tweets as "bricks of...
Sunday, May. 12, 2019
Mati Diop only realized long after her Dakar-set "Atlantics" had been selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival that she had made history. Diop, the 36-year-old French-born filmmaker of Senegalese heritage, is the first black woman in competition for Cannes' top honor, the Palme d'Or....