In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.
Soon after, the workers return to haunt their old neighborhood. Some of the workers have come claiming revenge and threaten to burn the tower down if the developer does not pay their wages.
Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Atlantics marks the feature narrative debut of director Mati Diop. With her submission of Atlantics to the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Mati Diop is the first Black woman director in history to compete in the festival’s competition.
Part of our Foreign Focus series.