Mati Diop, French-Senegalese actress and director becomes first black woman to win award at Cannes

Mati Diop, French-Senegalese actress and director wins an award at the Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first black female director to do so, in the film festival’s 72-year history.

Mati Diop receiving her award at Cannes Film Festival

Diop took home the Grand Prix, equivalent to the silver prize for her film ‘Atlantics’, a Senegalese drama about sexual politics among young migrants.

The Grand Prix award is the second-most prestigious prize of the festival after the Palme d’Or.

The 36-year old, however, said she was a ‘little sad’ to make history as the first woman of African descent, to even have a film screened at the festival. She said, “My first feeling to be the first black female director was a little sadness, that this only happened today in 2019.”

Bong Joon-ho, a South Korean director, also made history by winning the Palme d’Or, the most prestigious award at the Cannes.

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