Mati Diop

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

Early life[edit]

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



Diop began directing in 2004 making several short films.

Her documentary short A Thousand Suns was released in 2013. The film focused on actor Magaye Niang, who was the star of Diop's uncle's 1973 film Touki Bouki and explained how he had come to live as a farmer in the intervening years.[1] The film played at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was later also programmed at the Museum of Modern Art.

In 2019 she became the first black 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.[2] The film was a fictional adaptation of her documentary short Atlantiques made in 2009 that followed two friends from Senegal making a life threatening boat crossing into Europe.[3]


Diop made her acting debut in Claire Denis' film 35 Shots of Rum 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.[4]

Diop would continue to act sporadically in films until 2016.


(As Director)


  1. ^ Scott, A.O. "Stuck, but Trying to Leave". Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. ^ Obenson, Tambay. "Meet the First Black Woman in the Cannes Competition Lineup: Mati Diop". Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ Picard, Andrea. "Film/Art". Retrieved 28 April 2019. Text " In the Realm of the Senses: Mati Diop on Mille soleils " ignored (help)
  4. ^ Lavallée, Eric. "Interview: Mati Diop (Simon Killer)". Retrieved 18 April 2019.