Biography of Mati Diop, Female Director

Filed in Noisemakers by on May 27, 2019

Biography of Mati Diop, Mati Diop a French actress and film director, born June 22, 1982 in Paris, France. best known for her appearance in 35 Shots of Rum

Mati Diop, French-Senegalese actress and director, become the first black female director to win an award in Cannes Film Festival’s  72-year history

Biography of Mati Diop

Biography of Mati Diop

Biography of Mati Diop

Early life

Diop born in Paris, France, and a member of the prominent Senegalese Diop family. Her father is musician Wasis Diop. niece of Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty.


Diop Started directing in 2004, With several short films.

Her documentary short A Thousand Suns was released in 2013.

In 2019 she became the first mixed woman to have her film premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival when her directorial debut Atlantique was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or. The film was a fictional adaptation of her documentary short Atlantiques made in 2009 that followed two friends from Senegal as they made a life-threatening boat crossing to Europe. The film won the Grand Prix.


Diop made her acting debut in Claire Denis’ film 35 Shots of Rum (2008), playing the lead role of a young woman in a close knit relationship with her father who has trouble leaving him as she gets ready for marriage.

In 2012 she appeared in the film Simon Killer and was also credited with the story behind the script.

Diop would continue to act sporadically in films until 2016.


(As Director)

Mille Soleils (2013) short
Atlantique (2019)


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