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Dakar, 2009. At night, three friends gather around a fire. Recently repatriated from Spain, Serigne tells Cheikh and Alpha about his journey. He has only one plan in mind: to jump on a boat and go to sea again. His friends try to convince him to stay but Serigne, as if bewitched, seems already gone.

Our take

Niece of Senegalese auteur Djibril Diop Mambéty (Touki Bouki), Mati Diop wowed audiences with the genre-bending Atlantics, becoming the first Black female director to win at Cannes. This, the atmospheric, visionary debut short that inspired it, is rich with suppressed histories and emotions.