Film showing and discussion: Mati Diop and 'A Thousand Suns'
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See this vibrant work and meet its French director, "known for dreamlike shorts that experiment with the boundaries between documentary and fiction," according to an announcement. "Diop mined her own history for 'A Thousand Suns'. The film explores the public and private legacies of the seminal Senegalese film 'Touki Bouki '(1972), directed by her uncle Djibril Diop Mambéty. She focuses on Magaye Niang, a farmer living outside of Dakar, who, as a young man, played the film’s lead. As Niang reflects on the events of his past, Diop meditates on Senegal’s history, the role of its cinema and her own place in it." The film will be accompanied by Diop’s 2009 short 'Atlantiques', which "spins feverish tales of European opportunity and perilous sea crossings." After the showing will be a question-and-answer session with Diop.