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Berlinale 2024: Mati Diop’s “Dahomey” Wins the Golden Bear

French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop emerged as the recipient of the top prize at the 74th Berlin Film Festival on Saturday evening. Her documentary film, “Dahomey,” was awarded the prestigious Golden Bear for Best Film.

“Dahomey” is a compelling feature-length film that delves into the restitution of 26 royal treasures to Benin in November 2021. These artifacts were looted by French colonial troops in 1892, and Diop’s film provides a historical and captivating account of this significant event. The film’s thought-provoking narrative and masterful storytelling led to its well-deserved recognition as the Best Film at Berlinale 2024 on February 24th.

This latest achievement adds to Mati Diop’s already impressive accolades, as she previously won the Grand Prix at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in 2019 for her film “Atlantics.” Diop’s unique perspective and artistic vision continue to captivate audiences and garner critical acclaim.

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In addition to Mati Diop’s success, other notable winners at the Berlin Film Festival include director Hong Sangsoo, who received the Grand Jury Prize Silver Bear for his film “A Traveler’s Needs,” and director and screenwriter Bruno Dumont, who was honored with the Silver Bear Jury Prize for his film “L’Empire.”

The esteemed festival jury was presided over by the talented Mexican-Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, making history as the first black female president of the Berlinale jury. Nyong’o’s presence and leadership brought diverse perspectives and enriching discussions to the festival, further highlighting the importance of representation in the film industry.

Mati Diop’s achievement at the Berlin Film Festival showcases her exceptional talent and contribution to the world of cinema. Her thought-provoking storytelling and dedication to shedding light on important historical events continue to make a profound impact on audiences worldwide. As her success continues to soar, we eagerly anticipate Diop’s future projects and the unique narratives she will bring to the big screen.