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 filmmakers, poets, writers, geographers, 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, race, sexual preference, and socio-economic status and that story represents the sacred agreement among otherwise disparate communities.

MATATU is a fiscally sponsored project of 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
Mdou Moctar


2017

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

PERFORMANCE
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Amir Sulaiman
Mdou Moctar
Naomi Waichira: AfroFolk Songwriter

CONVERSAION
Ericka Huggins, Chinaka Hodge & Zoé Samudzi: We Meant to Move You


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
Boots Riley, Kahil El'Zabar & La Pelanga: OAKNYE
King Britt: To Unprotect & Subserve: A Sonar Response
Kyp Malone
Saul Williams, Black Spirituals & Chinaka Hodge: Poetry as Design
Saul Williams, Ladan Osman, Bryant Terry: Poetry & the Rebranding of Social Movements
Solange Knowles, Fantastic Negrito & Kelsey Lu: GoodFest


2015

FILM
Black President (South Africa)
Crumbs (Ethiopia)
Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives (USA) w Bobbito Garcia & Stretch Armstrong
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
Shafiq Husayn
Sinkane: OAKNYE


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, Rich Medina & Terence Nance: Future Soul
Tony Allen, Najite & The Olokun Prophecy: A Celebration of Fela Kuti

CONVERSATION
Angela Glover Blackwell & Fred Blackwell: Oakland Reconstructed
Alan Dones & Mike Ghielmetti: Oakland Reconstructed


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 Director Byron Hurt
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (USA) w Director Terence Nance
Maestra (Cuba) w Director Catherine Murphy