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Mati Diop Will Be Presented the Inaugural Mary Pickford Award at TIFF 2019

The Senegalese-French director of "Atlantiques" will be the first to be honored for her exceptional work as a female talent in the film industry.

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival is around the corner, where the premier event continues to transform the way people see the world through film.

The Mary Pickford Award—a new award recognizing top female talent in the film industry—will be presented to none other than Mati Diop, Variety reports.


The Senegalese-French director took Cannes by storm this year with her film Atlantiques, where she also made history being the first black female director to have a feature selected for the competition program at the festival. Mati also took home the Grand Prix award as well as a Netflix acquisition for the film.

Revisiting the synopsis, Atlantiques follows the story of a young woman from Dakar whose lover has mysteriously disappeared. Believed to be dead, he returns to their village in Senegal. The film is meant to be a response to the ongoing migrant/refugee crisis.

Take a look at a clip from the film below.

"Mati Diop's film 'Atlantics' is a profound and unsettling work of art," says, Cameron Bailey, artistic director and co-head of TIFF. "We know this is just the start for such an original and authentic voice, and we're delighted to celebrate her success at this year's TIFF Tribute Gala."

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Sept. 5 and runs through Sept. 15.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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