A Thousand Suns : Traversing the Archive and Transforming Documentary in Mati Diop's Mille Soleils. / Williams, James.

In: Film Quarterly, Vol. 70, No. 1, 06.09.2016, p. 85-95.

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In: Film Quarterly, Vol. 70, No. 1, 06.09.2016, p. 85-95.

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