What We do

The Kenyan matatu, the Thai tuk-tuk, and the Brooklyn dollar van are means of public transport used by people around the 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.

We've premiered over five dozen films like James Baldwin's I Am Not Your Negro, Terence Nance's An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, and Patricia Benoit's Stones in the Sun in the Bay Area. Newsletter subscribers enjoy first dibs on screenings & performances with artists like Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancers, Saul Williams, Yrsa Daley-Ward + many more. We're looking for you. Hop on! 

MATATU is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts.


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Michael Orange

Curatorial Cohort

Alex Werth
Angela Anderson Guerrero
April Banks
Hasnaa Tauhidi
Pheonix  Ruachshaddai


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


Alex Harding
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Amir Sulaiman
Black Spirituals
Bobbito Garcia
Boots Riley
Capitol A
Chinaka Hodge
Corey Wilkes
Denitia and Sene
Donte Clark
DJ Center
DJ Karizma
DJ Spinna
Fantastic Negrito
Fareed Haque
FELA! the Musical
Hasnaa Tauhidi
Kahil El'Zabar
Kelsey Lu

King Britt
Kyp Malone
La Pelanga
Lagos Roots
Lalin St. Juste
Mark Grant
Me'Shell Ndegeocello
Najite & Olokun Prophecy
New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Pegasus Warning
Rich Medina
Sahr Ngaujah
Saul Williams
Shafiq Husayn
Shepard Fairey
Solange Knowles
Stretch Armstrong
The Coup
Tony Allen
Travis Somerville
Yrsa Daley-Ward


Alain Gomis, Aujourd'hui
Alan Dones, SUDA, Llc
Angel Ysaguirre, Illionois Humanities Council
Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink
Anisia Uzeyman, Dreamstates
Bernardine Dohrn, Northwestern School of Law
Bobbito Garcia, Doin' It In The Park
Bryant Terry, Afro-Vegan
Byron Hurt, Soul Food Junkies
Chinaka Hodge, Dated Emcees
Damani Baker, Still Bill, The House on Coco Road
Daz-I-Kue, Bugz in the Attic
Dr. Sherman Jackson, University of Southern California
Fawzia Mirza, The Muslim Trump
Fred Blackwell, The San Francisco Foundation
Gerry Garzon, Oakland Public Library
Glynn Washington, Snap Judgment
Greg Hodge, Oakland Board of Education
Gregory Hunter, Oakland Redevelopment Agency
Jamie Kalven, The Nation
Jeremy Liu, PolicyLink
Kenton Rainey, BART Police

Khalik Allah
Ladan Osman, The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony
Linda Sarsour, Arab American Association of New York
Maisha Quint, Eastside Arts Alliance
Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Mark Silver, 3 1/2 Minutes
Michael Galinsky, Battle for Brooklyn
Michael Ghielmetti, Signature Development
Orson Aguilar, Greenlining Institute
Rabbi Susan Talve, Central Reform Congregation
Raj Patel, The Value of Nothing
Rev. Starsky Wilson, Deaconess Foundation
Reza Aslan, The Leftovers
Rich Medina, Jump N Funk
Samantha Master, BYP 100
Saul Williams, Martyr Loser King
Shadi Rahimi, AJ+
Terence Nance, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Yared Zeleke, LAMB
Yrsa Daley-Ward, Author


Alonzo King Lines Ballet Dancers: Adji Cissoko, Babatunji, Courtney Henry, Jeffrey Van Sciver, Michael Montgomery & Shuaib Dee Elhassan
Bay Area Book Festival
GOOD Magazine
Museum of the African Diaspora

Red Bull
Stony Island Arts Bank
The UMOJA Festival
Whitney Biennial
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts