Mati Diop is a filmmaker working in both France and Senegal. Her formally adventurous films explore exile and identity, memory and loss using fiction and documentary tools. Her most recent film, Mille soleils (A Thousand Suns) (2013), explores the intimate and collective heritage of her uncle Djibril Diop Mambéty’s iconic film Touki Bouki (1973). The film won awards in several international film festivals, including the FID Marseille international film festival.
At Radcliffe, Diop is writing a feature film, Fire, Next Time, a gothic coming-of-age tale about the disenchanted youth of the 2000s in Dakar.
Diop studied at Le Fresnoy (National Studio of the Contemporary Arts) and Le Pavillon of the Palais de Tokyo. Her films—Mille soleils, Snow Canon (2012), Big in Vietnam (2011), and Atlantiques (2009)—have been selected for and received awards in numerous international film festivals, such as the New York Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Venice Film Festival. She has had retrospectives at the BFI London Film Festival, the Museum of the Moving Image, in New York, the Viennale, and soon at FICValdivia (Valdivia International Film Festival), in Chile.