Screening: Atlantics (Mati Diop, 2019)
Ted Mann Theater
8440 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, US 90211
Part of the series: Sound Off: A Celebration of Women Composers
Director: Mati Diop
Cast: Ibrahima Traoré, Mama Sane, Amadou Mbow, Nicole Sougou
Wolof, French, English, Arabic
Winner of the Cannes Grand Jury Prize, Mati Diop’s much-anticipated directorial debut is a twist on a ghost story. The film traces the lives of a pair of young lovers in Dakar, Senegal, who are pulled apart by an arranged marriage and a fatal sea-crossing. Central to the haunting quality of Atlantics is Fatima Al Qadiri’s electronically infused, ambient score. Al Qadiri, a conceptual artist and musician, folds sounds of the sea and the city into the score, reflecting the film’s central themes.