After having been awarded at the Cannes Film Festival in France, the director Mati Diop came to present her film “Atlantic” to the Senegalese people. She was elevated to the rank of Knight of the National Order of the Lion by President Macky Sall.
Mati Diop is Franco-Senegalese. His mother is French and his father is the great Senegalese musician Wasis Diop. She is a filmmaker, inspired of course by her uncle Djibril Diop Mambety.
Mati Diop wins the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival for “Atlantic” his first feature film. A huge joy for her and her team because this production is the fruit of a long and difficult work especially in the choice of the actors, the setting up the workshops, the use of the language “Wolof” instead of French For the movie. The producer has managed to meet all these challenges, and her film “Atlantic” has earned her an international success.
The President of the Republic Macky Sall received it with other filmmakers on Tuesday, July 30 at the Presidential Palace. The French-Senegalese was elevated to the rank of Knight of the National Order of the Lion. The Minister of Culture also awarded him a diploma of recognition.
The choice of Senegal for the first projection is not fortuitous. Indeed, the film is made with the national language that is Wolof and he turned to Thiaroye for aesthetic reasons, according to her “it is the strongest neighborhood visually” and historical “with the massacre of Senegalese skirmishers in 1944, “she said.
Remember that his uncle is the famous producer Djibril Diop Mambéty. The latter was his main source of inspiration. “Her films are visionary, precise, powerful,” she explains.
Senegal, his father’s country left imprints in his cinematographic achievements. “I wrote a story here, with and for Senegal,” she says.
The film “Atlantic” was presented to the Senegalese public at the Grand Théâtre on August 2nd. Other screenings are planned on August 5th at the Cheikh Anta Diop University, on August 6th in Thiaroye, on August 7th in the Medina and on August 8th at Les Parcelles Assainies.