Mati Diop

Dahomey – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Mati Diop offers a creative and moving guide to discussing anti-colonialist action in her very fine follow-up to 2019’s Atlantics.

Berlin announce exciting 2024 competition line-up

By David Jenkins

Outgoing artistic director Carlo Chatrian delivers the world cinema goods for his final edition at the helm.

The 30 best films of 2019

By Little White Lies

Counting down our favourite feature-length releases from the past 12 months.


By David Jenkins

Mati Diop announces herself as a major new talent with this Gothic-tinged romantic mystery.

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Mati Diop: ‘It’s a unique experience to have characters come out of you’

By David Jenkins

With her eerie debut feature Atlantics, the actor-turned-director has delivered one of the year’s finest films.

Atlantics and the transformative power of water

By Rose Dymock

The eponymous ocean is an ever-present force in Mati Diop’s Senegal-set coming-of-ager.

Mati Diop makes her Oscars bid with the first Atlantics trailer

By Charles Bramesco

The French-Senegalese auteur won big at Cannes for her striking debut feature.

Atlantique – first look review

By Hannah Strong

Mati Diop’s accomplished first feature blends social commentary and magical realism in present-day Dakar.

Six emerging African filmmakers you should know about

By Sarah Jilani

These rising stars are paying homage to their cinematic heritage while breaking exciting new ground.

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