October 12-15 in
Oakland & San Francisco

The Kenyan matatu, the Thai tuk-tuk, and the Brooklyn dollar van are means of public transport used by people around the world. MATATU seeks to replicate this vehicle as a mode of collective and publicly accessible transportation, rooted in local community & global diasporas, that shuttles audiences from one experience to the next.

At MATATU16 we are curating film, literature, and performance art that engages and, when necessary, problematizes “the group.” . Registration opens August 24!

What to expect at MATATU16

 

Film

MATATU selects stories of underrepresented perspectives from all over the world. Our 2016 film program includes shorts and features from Chad, France, Grenada, Haiti, Syria and more.

literature

A cohort of writers, researchers and spiritual practitioners shape the festival with responses to our statement of inquiry. Together, they consider ideas of identity & group membership.

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Performance

Some of our favorite local and touring artists were invited to collaborate on multidisciplinary experiences. They bring us together for three evenings of avant-garde music & dance.

Upon entering a given matatu, we by nature occupy different positions both literally and metaphorically. Only a few of us can be drivers or navigators, while the rest of us jostle for or settle into positions in the passenger rows. Our given positions are as potentially constantly changing, or as constant and predictable as the matatu route itself. The space we occupy is a reflection of the groups to which we belong, either by involuntary placement or by choice.

Whether kinship or familial, ethnic or racialized or cultural, migrant or refugee, gendered, religious or political sectarian, tribal, national or socio-economic or whatever else, group arrangements shape not only
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but also the way we communicate with the world and the other individuals and groups with whom we interact. What is the individual within and outside of their group? What is the context for intergroup engagement and competition? What does this look like in the Town, the Bay Area, the United States, the world?

The MATATU16 seeks to be this vehicle: a mode of collective and publicly accessible transportation rooted in local community & global diasporas shuttling audiences from one experience to the next. We are curating film, literature, and performance art that engages and, when necessary, problematizes “the group.” Welcome aboard.