Cannes film festival 2019: Director Mati Diop becomes first black woman to win award in 72 years
5 June 2019
Cannes film festival: Director Mati Diop becomes first black woman to win award in 72 years
French-Senagalese director Mati Diop has become the first black female director to win an award in Cannes’ 72-year history.
Diop took home the Grand Prix – the equivalent of a silver prize – for her film Atlantics, a Senegalese drama about sexual politics among young migrants.
The 36-year-old had previously 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.
“It's pretty late and it's incredible that it is still relevant,” she said at the time.
“My first feeling to be the first black female director was a little sadness that this only happened today in 2019.
”I knew it as I obviously don't know any black women who came here before. I knew it but it's always a reminder that so much work needs to be done still."