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67 Ratings

A Thousand Suns

Mille soleils

Directed by Mati Diop
France, 2013


Actress and filmmaker Mati Diop fuses documentary and fantasy in this hauntingly beautiful portrait of Magaye Niang, star of her uncle Djibril Diop Mambéty’s 1972 classic Touki-Bouki.

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A Thousand Suns Directed by Mati Diop
Mati Diop’s lush and elegant A Thousand Suns requires only forty-five minutes to astutely consider weighty matters of history and legacy.
January 19, 2015
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Within this simple journey, using elements of loosely structured fiction and vibrant observation, Diop and Niang find startling poetry and the emotionally moving, rugged sense of a life lived. A Thousand Suns melds past and present, fiction and nonfiction, metaphor and portraiture in exhilarating ways.
January 09, 2015
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Evoking the enigmatic poetry of Touki Bouki with alchemical grace, Diop conjures a haunted, after-hours vibe consonant with Niang’s mumbled musing that “you don’t have a home until you leave. And once you’ve gone, you can’t come back anymore.”
November 12, 2014
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