Foreign Focus is a monthly series screening the best contemporary films from across the globe. As a space for cultural enrichment, we understand how essential it is to expose our audiences to different realities and perspectives. With the creation of this series, we want our audience to explore the world through striking images and thought provoking content.
Our hope is that Foreign Focus will transport viewers to awe-inspiring places, introduce different traditions, and foster appreciation in the diversity of human interaction.
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Dr. Gail Morrison
Aaron and Andrea West
Paul and Jean Denman
David Whiteman and Lee Jane Kaufman
Jean Capalbo and Craig Chattin
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.