MATATU was founded in 2013 as a cultural experience vehicle. Mimicking rural share taxis as a mode of publicly accessible transportation, our programs shuttle local communities and global diasporas from one arthouse experience to the next. We’ve presented over one hundred festival films from forty-eight nations to over five thousand annual attendees, pairing screenings with avant-garde musical and literary performing artists.

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“..an ongoing conversation in the realms of global south ontology, future thinking art making, and aesthetic enfranchisement of historically marginalized populations.”

— Marc Bamuthi Joseph | VP of Social Impact, John F. Kennedy Center



2019

FILM
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart (USA)
Stranger in Paradise: European Power Dynamics in Three Acts (Netherlands)
Power: Black Joy & Resistance (USA)
Black Before Europe: A Colonial Reckoning (Trinidad / Denmark)

CONVERSATION & PERFORMANCE
Adreinne Waheed
Alicia Garza
Cornelius Moore
Daphne Larose
Ellen Sebastian Chang
Ericka Huggins
Fredrika Newton
Jeannette Ehlers
Tongo Eisen-Martin


2018

FILM
Cocoté (Dominican Republic)
Rock Rubber 45s (USA) w Bobbito Garcia (USA)
Zerzura w Ahmoudou Madassane (Niger)
Black Mother w Khalik Allah (USA)
Jean Gentil (Haiti)
The Third Part of the Third Measure (USA)
Jinn (USA)
Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul (Ethiopia)
Five Fingers for Marseilles (South Africa)
Félicité (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
1745 (Nigeria)
We Live in Silence: Chapters 1-7 (South Africa)

CONVERSATION & PERFORMANCE
Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancers
Anjali & The Incredible Kid
DJ Spinna
Ethiocolor Band
Lynnée Denise
Melaku Belay
Mdou Moctar
Nijle Mu’min
Rich Medina
Saul Williams
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)

CONVERSATION & PERFORMANCE
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Amir Sulaiman
Chinaka Hodge
Ericka Huggins
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

CONVERSATION & 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

CONVERSATION & 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)

CONVERSATION & 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