MORE ABOUT US

The Kenyan matatu, the Thai tuk-tuk, and the Brooklyn dollar van are means of public transport used by people around the world. Often decorated with popular icons and sounds, matatu's offer not only a means of travel, but access to another world. MATATU replicates these vehicles as a mode of collective and publicly accessible transportation, rooted in local community and global diasporas, that shuttles audiences from one arthouse experience to the next. Almost every ride is a shoulder to shoulder experience with avant-garde music and animated conversation. 

We are a collective of filmmakers, poets, writers, cartographers, musicians, and we are working from within and from without. We are storytellers. We are creative placekeepers impassioned by the belief that everyone has a spectacular story regardless of age, geographical bounds, gender, race, sexual preference, and/or socio-economic status. We believe that story represents the sacred agreement among otherwise disparate communities.

As an institution, we are fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts


RECENT COLLABORATIONS:


2018

FILM
Rock Rubber 45s (USA) w Bobbito Garcia
Zerzura (Niger) w Ahmoudou Madassane
Black Mother (USA) w Khalik Allah
Jean Gentil (Haiti)

PERFORMANCE
Anjali & The Incredible Kid
DJ Spinna
Mdou Moctar
Rich Medina
ToReadah Mikell
Zachary James Watkins


2017

FILM
Apolo: Movement as Healing (USA) w Lino Brown
Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Niger)
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis (USA)
I Am Not Your Negro (USA)

PERFORMANCE
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Amir Sulaiman
Chinaka Hodge
Ericka Huggin
Mdou Moctar
Naomi Waichira
Zoé Samudzi


2016

FILM
The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music (Vietnam)
The Sea is History (Haiti)
A Syrian Love Story (Syria)
Mali Blues (Mali)
Nasser’s Republic: The Making of Modern Egypt (Egypt)
Too Black to be French? (France)
Karima, A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl (Morocco)
New Eyes (Ethiopia)
The House on Coco Road (USA/Grenada) w Damani Baker
Lamb (Ethiopia) w Yared Zeleke

PERFORMANCE
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Amir Sulaiman
Black Spirituals
Boots Riley
Chinaka Hodge
Fantastic Negrito
Kahil El'Zabar
Kelsey Lu
King Britt: To Unprotect & Subserve: A Sonar Response
Kyp Malone
Ladan Osman
Saul Williams
Solange Knowles


2015

FILM
Black President (South Africa)
Crumbs (Ethiopia)
Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives (USA)
Fashion House: Marga Weimans (Netherlands)
Romeo is Bleeding (USA) w Donte Clark
Asni: Courage, Passion & Glamor in Ethiopia (Ethiopia)
Red Leaves (Ethiopia)
Incorruptible (Senegal)
Necktie Youth (South Africa)
3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets (USA) w Marc Silver
Concerning Violence (Sweden)
Field Niggas (USA) w Khalik Allah

PERFORMANCE
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Bobbito Garcia
Shafiq Husayn
Sinkane
Stretch Armstrong


2014

FILM
Mala Mala (Puerto Rico)
Evolution of a Criminal (USA) w Darius Clark Monroe
Of Good Report (South Africa)
Evaporating Borders (Cyprus)
Afronauts (Ghana)
12 O’Clock Boys (USA)
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace (USA)
Unogumbe (South Africa)
The Great Flood (USA)

PERFORMANCE
Amir Sulaiman
King Britt
Najite & The Olokun Prophecy
Rich Medina
Terence Nance
Tony Allen


2013


FILM
Let the Fire Burn (USA)
Mother of George (Nigeria)
Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer (USA)
Black Radical Imagination: A Filmed TransmissioN (USA)
Nothing But a Man (USA)
Charles Bradley: Soul of America (USA)
Aujoud’hui (Senegal) w Alain Gomis
Stolen Seas (Somalia)
Dear Mandela (South Africa)
God Loves Uganda (Uganda)
Stones in the Sun (Haiti)
The Trials of Muhammad Ali (USA)
A Band Called Death (USA)


2012


FILM
Middle of Nowhere (USA)
Soul Food Junkies (USA) w Byron Hurt
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (USA) w Terence Nance
Maestra (Cuba) w Catherine Murphy