Many of the scenes are instantly recognizable, except they feature models from Dakar, Senegal, and Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where the photos were shot.
It’s a “cast featuring a representative sample of the cultural scenes in Dakar and Abidjan,” the photographers write.
The duo says that cinema has the power to transcend geographic, racial, and cultural barriers, and that major cities in Africa weren’t left out of the influence iconic movie scenes had on pop culture.
The photos were staged at hotels, as they represent “a crossroads in which cultures and origins from around the world co-exist and merge in a permanent cycle of reinventions and reinterpretations.”
“I wanted to imagine what these movies would look like if they were conceived and shot in Africa,” Diop tells CNN.
You may recognize the photo above as referencing “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” Here are some of the other images in the series:
“Thelma & Louise”
Image credits: Photographs by Omar Victor Diop and Antoine Tempé and used with permission