The Lenfest Center for the Arts (Columbia University campus) will present a screening of Mati Diop’s 2019 Atlantique on November 12th. The film will be followed by a discussion of this award-winning work, with responses by Columbia faculty members Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Professor of African Studies and Chair of MESAAS, and Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Director of the Institute of African Studies and Professor of French and Philosophy.
This event is organized and co-presented by Institute Fellow Nora Philippe, the Maison française of Columbia, and Columbia University School of the Arts.
“Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country by sea, in hope of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada’s wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned.” —MK2 Films