Atlantics is a brilliant debut feature by director Mati Diop, with themes drawn from Diop’s earlier documentary short The Atlantiques (2009).
In Atlantics, Ada is due to marry Omar but her heart is with Souleiman. Unbeknownst to everyone, one night, all the young boys in their community go out to sea. On Ada’s wedding day, she is deeply unhappy about being with Omar. Just as she was thinking of leaving him, a fire starts and investigators are called in to find out who is responsible. Girls from the wedding party claim they saw Souleiman nearby and blame him for being potentially responsible for the crime. The crime appears to be personal — a statement against Omar and Ada’s marriage. Young inspector Issa is convinced that Ada knows more than she is letting on.