Filmmaker Mati Diop in person for Q&A on April 18!
A Thousand Suns is a portrait of Magaye Niang, the nonprofessional actor who played the lead in the African film classic Touki Bouki, which was directed by Diop’s uncle, Djibril Diop Mambéty. Fusing documentary and fantasy in homage to her uncle’s masterpiece, Diop follows Niang from a screening of that 1973 film to his farm in Senegal as the old man comes to terms with the vanished past he longs for and the future he still hopes is possible.
Mati Diop | France/Senegal | 2009 | HDCam | 15m
Wolof, and French with English subtitles
Atlantiques, winner of the Best Short Film Award at the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival, tells the story of a young boy’s tragic migratory voyage in Senegal.