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Intro


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Intro


a matatu is a radically accessible share taxi that gets you from wherever you are to wherever you are going

 
 

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Film


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Film


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Our Inquiry


 


 

 

 

 

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WELCOME ABOARD

Past MATATU programs include: Alain Gomis, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Amir Sulaiman, Angela Glover Blackwell, Black Spirituals, Bobbito Garcia, Bryant Terry, Capitol A, Chinaka Hodge, Daz-I-Kue, Donte Clark, DJ Center, DJ Spinna, FELA! the Musical, Fred Blackwell, Glynn Washington, Karizma, King Britt, Ladan Osman, Lalin St. Juste, Linda Sarsour, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Mark Grant, Najite & Olokun Prophecy, Raj Patel, Rich Medina, Sahr Ngaujah, Saul Williams, Sinkane, Shafiq Husayn, Stretch Armstrong, Terence Nance, Theaster Gates, Tony Allen, Whitney Biennial, Yared Zeleke
 

Past MATATU film screenings include: 3 1/2 Minutes, USA; 12 O'Clock Boys, USA; A Band Called Death, USA; Afronauts, Ghana; An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, USA; ASNI: Courage, Passion & Glamor in Ethiopia; Aujourd'hui, Senegal; Battle for Brooklyn, USA; 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, Incorruptible, Senegal; Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer, USA; 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; Mother of George, USA; My Brooklyn, USA; Nothing But A Man, USA; Of Good Report, South Africa; Oya: Rise of the Orisha, UK; 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, Ayiti; Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, USA; The Fillmore, USA; The Great Flood, USA; The Trials of Muhammad Ali, USA; The Vanishing City, USA; Touba, Senegal; Unogumbe, South Africa; Virunga, Congo; We Come As Friends, South Sudan

 
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Welcome Aboard


 


 

 

 

 

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ABOUT US

A matatu is a means of public transport used by people around the world because ridesharing is global reality, whether the South African kombi, the Thai tuk-tuk, the Haitian tap tap, the Brooklyn dollar van, or more contemporary ride-sharing technologies like Lyft or Uber.

Upon entering a given matatu, we, by nature (i.e. human organization), 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 socioeconomic or whatever else, group arrangements shape not only perceive 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 MATATU Festival of Stories duly 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.” The Festival of Stories projects imagery of traditionally underrepresented peoples from across the world facing challenges familiar to underserved communities across the world. We are impassioned by the belief that everyone and everyplace has a spectacular story, regardless of geographical bounds, sexual preference, race, and socio-economic status. Welcome aboard.

 
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Get in Touch


we cannot afford to be intellectual outsiders in our own land.

– Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

 

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we cannot afford to be intellectual outsiders in our own land.

– Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

 

 

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both. 
i want to stay. i want to leave.
i am three oceans away from my soul. 
– Nayyirah Waheed

 

 

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both. 
i want to stay. i want to leave.
i am three oceans away from my soul. 
– Nayyirah Waheed