Mati Diop on being the first black woman director in Cannes

Director Mati Diop poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Atlantique' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern Franc

Director Mati Diop poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Atlantique' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern Franc

Writer director Mati Diop, fifth from left, poses with cast and crew upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Atlantique' at the 72nd international f

Writer director Mati Diop, fifth from left, poses with cast and crew upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Atlantique' at the 72nd international f

Director Mati Diop poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Atlantique' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern Franc

Director Mati Diop poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Atlantique' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern Franc

Writer director Mati Diop, fourth from left, poses with cast and crew upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Atlantique' at the 72nd international

Writer director Mati Diop, fourth from left, poses with cast and crew upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Atlantique' at the 72nd international

Actors Aminata Kane, from left, Amadou Mbow, director Mati Diop, actors Mame Sane, Nicole Sougou, and Mariama Gassama pose for photographers at the ph

Actors Aminata Kane, from left, Amadou Mbow, director Mati Diop, actors Mame Sane, Nicole Sougou, and Mariama Gassama pose for photographers at the ph

CANNES, France (AP) — The 36-year-old French-Senegalese director Mati Diop is the first black woman filmmaker in competition in the 72 years of the Cannes Film Festival.

Her film, "Atlantics," is about women left behind in Dakar when many of the local young men flee to Spain by boat. In an interview, Diop says she initially felt sad when learning she had made history in Cannes.

Diop says the milestone didn't make her embarrassed or proud, just saddened that her being a part of the festival wasn't "completely natural and normal."

Diop is one of four women in competition for Cannes' top award, the Palme d'Or.