Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation: Mati Diop

2/19/15 to 2/21/15

French filmmaker Mati Diop, who started as an actress in Claire Denis's 35 Shots of Rum, is known for “beautifully inscrutable” films “drawn from memory, experience, and chance encounters” (André Picard). We are delighted that Diop joins us to present and discuss her work in conversation with Genevieve Yue, coeditor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture.

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  • 35 Shots of Rum

    • Saturday, February 21 8:00PM

    Claire Denis (France, 2008). (35 rhums). Mati Diop in person. Claire Denis magically limns the story of a father and his daughter (Mati Diop) as they face the inevitable: her independence. “Quiet and lovely . . . (shows) how the melancholy strains of ordinary existence are also its sweetest music” (NY Times). (100 mins)

  • A Thousand Suns

    • Friday, February 20 7:30PM

    Mati Diop (France/Senegal, 2013). (Mille soleils). Mati Diop and Genevieve Yue in conversation. Fusing documentary and fantasy, Mati Diop's first feature looks back at her uncle Djibril Diop Mambéty's Touki Bouki. Its main actor, Magaye Niang, reconstructs his life. "Nothing is true and nothing is false in my film,” Diop states. (45 mins)

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    • Thursday, February 19 7:00PM

    Mati Diop (France, 2009–12). Mati Diop and Genevieve Yue in conversation. In these shorts from filmmaker Mati Diop, fictional and quasi-documentary characters seek a different life. Program includes Atlantiques (2009), in which a young Senegalese man recalls an attempt to immigrate in a pirogue; and Snow Canon (2011), freely adapted from Stendahl. In Big in Vietnam (2012), a director loses her star. (76 mins)