Mississippi Masala: Dinner, Film & Tropitaal Soundclash!

Passion. Tradition. Mix it up. On Saturday, May 4, MATATU’s Nomadic Cinema series continues with a journey through the shared histories of migration and cultural resilience of the South Asian and African diasporas.

Spice, music, and film become the vehicle in which we navigate the shared experiences of migrant nations that endure the systemic fragmentation of European aggression. Our featured artists arrive by way of Cuba, Haiti, India, and Uganda, each noteworthy for their nuanced approach in the gathering of people through flavor, story, and song. We’re not so much concerned with the categorization of the dish. We align in our global kinship of the meal’s preparation, the story’s crafting, the music’s vibration. The program is presented in three parts, framed as routes, whereby participants board where they choose and arrive at the center (Tropitaal) all at once–together.

Travel includes a plated dinner (one dozen seats) prepared by Chef Preeti Mistry of Juhu Beach Club, a talk featuring Heta Fell of the award-winning Stance Podcast, and Sana Javeri Kadri of Diaspora Co. spice company, a screening of Mira Nair's Mississippi Masala, and Tropitaal: a Desi Latino Soundclash! with DJ's Anjali & The Incredible Kid + Cuba's DJ Leydis.

Date & Time: May 4 • 6:00PM - 1:30AM
Location: Red Bay Coffee

Nation: India/Uganda/USA
Language: English
Genre: Romance
Director: Mira Nair
Length: 118’
Year: 1991

Film includes discussion and Tropitaal afterparty.


Mira Nair is a filmmaker whose production company, Mirabai Films, specializes in films for international audiences on Indian society, whether in the economic, social or cultural spheres. Among her best known films are Mississippi Masala, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, and Salaam Bombay!

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