A Thousand Suns & Hacked Circuit
Directed by Mati Diop and starring Wasis Diop, Ben D. Beye, and Joe Ouakam
Shot in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, Mati Diop’s A Thousand Suns is an exploration of Magaye Niang’s life 40 years after he starred in Touki Bouki, the classic African film directed by Diop’s uncle Djibril Diop Mambety in 1973.
Forty years ago, Magaye was supposed to board an ocean liner traveling to France with his lover, Marème Niang. At the last minute Magaye decided to stay in Dakar. Marème left for France. Now an old man, Magaye herds cattle for a living and relives his glory days as an actor. He is still haunted, however, by his decision to stay behind.
Traversing standard narrative conventions, Diop’s homage to her uncle’s film plays with moments of reality and of memory, synthesizing them into a heartbreaking and deeply personal story of love, loss, and exile.
Director: Deborah Stratman
Cinematographer: Norbert Shieh
Composer: David Shire
Cast: Gregg Barbanell, Darrin Mann
Running Time: 15 minutes
Filmed in a single-shot, this choreographed portrait of the Foley sound effect reproduction process reveals the impact of sound on perception and emotion. The circular camera path moves in and out of a Foley stage in Burbank, California. Using sequences from Francis Ford Coppola’s classic, The Conversation, Stratman exposes the often-invisible support mechanisms of filmmaking.
Director: Mati Diop
Screenwriter: Mati Diop
Cinematographers: Mati Diop, Hélène Louvart
Editor: Nicolas Milteau
Cast: Wasis Diop, Ben D. Beye, Joe Ouakam