This is who we are:
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. Our programming is made possible by the generous support of Akonadi Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and KQED.
Our Film series:
3 1/2 MINUTES, USA ; 12 O'CLOCK BOYS, USA; A BAND CALLED DEATH, USA; A SYRIAN LOVE STORY, SYRIA; AFRONAUTS, GHANA; AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY, USA; ASNI: COURAGE, PASSION & GLAMOR IN ETHIOPIA; AUJOURD'HUI, SENEGAL; BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN, USA; BLACK CODE / CODE NOIR, HAITI; BLACK PRESIDENT, SOUTH AFRICA; BLACK RADICAL IMAGINATION, USA; CALL ME KUCHU, UGANDA; CONCERNING VIOLENCE SWEDEN; CRUMBS, ETHIOPIA; DEAR MANDELA, SOUTH AFRICA; DOIN' IT IN THE PARK, USA; EVAPORATING BORDERS, CYPRUS; EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL, USA FASHION HOUSE MARGA WEIMANS, NETHERLANDS; FIELD NIGGAZ, USA; FINDING FELA, NIGERIA; FLAG WARS, USA; GOD LOVES UGANDA; I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, HAITI; INCORRUPTIBLE, SENEGAL; JAMEL SHABAZZ STREET PHOTOGRAPHER, USA KARIMA: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A HENNA GIRL, MOROCCO; KEHINDE WILEY: AN ECONOMY OF GRACE, USA; KING: A FILMED RECORD, USA; LET THE FIRE BURN, USA; LET'S STAY TOGETHER, USA; MAESTRA, CUBA; MALA MALA, PUERTO RICO; MALI BLUES, MALI MOTHER OF GEORGE, USA; MY BROOKLYN, USA; NASSER'S REPUBLIC, EGYPT; NOTHING BUT A MAN, USA; OF GOOD REPORT, SOUTH AFRICA; OYA: RISE OF THE ORISHA, NIGERIA; NECKTIE YOUTH, SOUTH AFRICA; RED LEAVES, ETHIOPIA; ROMEO IS BLEEDING, USA; SOUL FOOD JUNKIES, USA; SOUND OF TORTURE, ERITREA; STOLEN SEAS, SOMALIA; STONES IN THE SUN, HAITI; STRETCH AND BOBBITO, USA; THE GREAT FLOOD, USA; THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD, USA; THE LIVING NEED LIGHT, THE DEAD NEED MUSIC, VIETNAM; THE SEA IS HISTORY, HAITI; THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI, USA; THE VANISHING CITY, USA; TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH?, FRANCE; TOUBA, SENEGAL; TRIÂNGULO DOURADO, FRANCE UNOGUMBE, SOUTH AFRICA; VIRUNGA, CONGO; WE COME AS FRIENDS, SOUTH SUDAN
Our Performance series:
Adji Cissoko, Alex Harding, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Amir Sulaiman, Babatunji, Bilal, Black Spirituals, Bobbito Garcia, Boots Riley, Capitol A, Chinaka Hodge, Corey Wilkes, Courtney Henry, Daz-I-Kue, Denitia and Sene, Donte Clark, DJ Center, DJ Karizma, DJ Spinna, Fantastic Negrito, Fareed Haque, FELA! the Musical, Hasnaa Tauhidi, Jeffrey Van Sciver, Kahil El'Zabar, Kelsey Lu, King Britt, Kyp Malone, La Pelanga, Lagos Roots, Lalin St. Juste, Mark Grant, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Michael Montgomery, Najite & Olokun Prophecy, Naomi Waichira, New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Pegasus Warning, Rich Medina, Sahr Ngaujah, Saul Williams, Sinkane, Shafiq Husayn, Shepard Fairey, Shuaib Dee Elhassan, Solange Knowles, Stretch Armstrong, Tony Allen, Travis Somerville
our Conversation series:
Alain Gomis, filmmaker Aujourd'hui; Alan Dones, developer SUDA, Llc; Angel Ysaguirre, executive director Illiinois Humanities Council; Angela Glover Blackwell, executive director PolicyLink; Anisia Uzeyman, filmmaker Dreamstates; Bernardine Dohrn, activist Northwestern School of Law; Bobbito Garcia, filmmaker Doin' It In The Park; Bryant Terry, author Afro-Vegan; Byron Hurt, filmmaker Soul Food Junkies; Chinaka Hodge, writer Dated Emcees; Damani Baker, filmmaker Still Bill; Daz-I-Kue, producer Bugz in the Attic, Ericka Huggins, Black Panther Party; Fawzia Mirza, comedian; Fred Blackwell, executive director The San Francisco Foundation; Gerry Garzon, director Oakland Public Library; Glynn Washington, executive producer Snap Judgment; Greg Hodge, Oakland Board of Education; Gregory Hunter, director Oakland Redevelopment Agency; Jamie Kalven, writer The Nation, Jeremy Liu, fellow PolicyLink; Kenton Rainey, BART Police; Khalik Allah, filmmaker Field Niggaz; Dr. Kortney Ziegler, Scholar; Ladan Osman, poet The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony; Linda Sarsour, Arab American Association of New York; Marc Bamuthi Joseph, director performing arts Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Mark Silver, filmmaker 3 1/2 Minutes; Michael Galinsky, director Battle for Brooklyn; Michael Ghielmetti, ceo Signature Development; Orson Aguilar, executive director Greenlining Institute; Rabbi Susan Talve, founder Central Reform Congregation; Raj Patel, writer The Value of Nothing; Rev. Starsky Wilson, founder Deaconess Foundation; Samantha Master, BYP 100; Saul Williams, poet Martyr Loser King; Shadi Rahimi, producer AJ+; Dr. Sherman Jackson, author University of Southern California; Terence Nance, filmmaker An Oversimplification of Her Beauty; Yared Zeleke, filmmaker LAMB; Yrsa Daley-Ward, author Bone; Zoé Samudzi, Writer.