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



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

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


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)

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


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

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


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

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Bobbito Garcia
Shafiq Husayn
Stretch Armstrong


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)

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


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)


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