highly acclaimed film, “A Thousand Suns” (“Mille Soleils”), which made its world
premiere at the 24th annual Marseilles International Film Festival, where it also
won the grand prize for the international competition, will make its Chicago premiere
for one night only next month.
more special is that the filmmaker herself, Mati Diop, will be in person for the
screening, for an audience discussion and Q & A afterwards.
The documentary explores the legacy of the
groundbreaking classic 1972 film, “Touki
Bouki,” made by Ms. Diop’s, the late Senegalese auteur, Djibril Diop Mambety, which the filmmakers says is “where
(my) uncle reveals himself the most”.
In her film,
Ms. Diop “journeys in search of her
origins through the footprints left by her uncle’s film, and along the way gets
to know Touki Bouki’s two main actors, thirty five years later.”
Also, Ms. Diop reconsiders Senegal’s history, the role that cinema has played
in the development of the country and her own unique place in it.
will be shown at the Gene Siskel Film Center, downtown Chicago, on Thursday
Nov. 13, starting at 6PM.
Here is a
clip from “A Thousand Suns:”