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Watch These New Clips from Mati Diop's Cannes 2019 Contender, 'Atlantique'

Mati Diop is the first black woman in the festival's 72-year history to be selected in the Competition program.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival commenced this week, where the premier gathering continues to draw attention to and raise the profile of films on an international level.

Mati Diop, the Senegalese-French filmmaker and the first black woman to be selected in the Competition program, has revealed the clips of her film premiering at Cannes, Atlantique, Variety reports.

The film "tells the story of a young woman from Dakar whose lover has mysteriously disappeared. Believed to be dead, he returns to the Senegalese village."


The first clip shows the young woman with her lover by the beach, where he professes his love for her. In the second clip, you'll see the young woman with her friend wrap their minds behind the possibility of his return.

Watch them below.

ATLANTICS by Mati Diop | Clip 1 | GeoMovies youtu.be


ATLANTICS by Mati Diop | Clip 2 | GeoMovies youtu.be

Revist the 3 other African directors who are set to present their work during Cannes here.

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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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