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Mati Diop Become The First Black Woman To Win An Award In Cannes Film Festival

Fench-Senegalese actress and director, Mati Diop has become the first black female director to win an award in Cannes Film Festival.

The 36-year-old French-born took home the Grand Prix, which is said to be equivalent of a silver prize, for her film recent movie, ‘Atlantics’.

Atlantics is a 2019 Senegalese drama about sex and politics among young migrants. As construction workers of a futuristic high tower, they were contemplating on leaving the country through the ocean for a greener pasture after months of no payment.

The movie which was directed by Mati Diop was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival earning her a title as The First Black Female Director To Win An Award In Cannes Film Festival at the 72-year history of the event.

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The Grand Prix award, bestowed by the jury of the festival on one of the competing feature films, is the second-most prestigious prize of the festival after the Palme d’Or. It is worthy of note that the Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film fiesta in the world.

Reacting to her recent award she said “My first feeling to be the first black female director was a little sadness that this only happened today in 2019.

I knew it as I obviously don’t know any black women who came here before, and I knew it but it’s always a reminder that so much work needs to be done still”.

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However the American streaming giant, Netflix made an announcement on Saturday on acquiring the worldwide rights over Atlantics.

The Atlantics deal was negotiated by Fionnuala Jamison for mk2 films on behalf of the filmmaker.


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