Matatu Film Festival AUG 15-17

Matatu Film Festival
presented by Top Ten Social &
Broaklyn Film & Theater Co.
w/ sponsors KQED & ITVS

August 15 – 17 // Oakland
The New Parkway Theater &
Oakland School for the Arts
tickets – www.matatu.eventbrite.com

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MATATU in OAKLAND

In Kenya and neighboring East African nations, matatu (Swahili) are privately owned minibuses functioning as easily accessible share taxis.

Often decorated with popular icons and sounds, matatu not only offer a means of travel, but a means of navigable access to what is new and current in the world. Until recent, matatu were the only form of public transport available in Nairobi, though recent measures have been introduced to eliminate them.

BROAKLYN FILM & THEATER COMPANY is excited to announce the Matatu Film Festival, a first year initiative spawned from much of the same inspiration for the original matatu. We believe that everyone has a spectacular story, that every spectacular story deserves to be heard, and that everyone deserves the means to travel, even through story.

We invite you to come aboard the matatu this August, as we present a body of stories concerned with global journeys of humility, pride, resistance, and faith, conveyed through film. From stories of black on black gentrification in South Africa, to post-Duvalier Haitian immigrants living in Brooklyn, to one man’s process of coming to peace on his last day on Earth, we hope you’ll enjoy the ride.

**A portion of all proceeds will serve to benefit our mission to share these stories and performances with those who’ve not the access, time, or financial means.**

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The name “matatu” is a Swahili colloquialism rooted in the original cost of 30 cents per ride on share taxis. Upon boarding, the operator would require ‘mapeni matatu’, or three 10 cents in Kiswahili. In time, matatu was adopted as the name for this means of travel.

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THURSDAY AUGUST 15
*opening night film

The New Parkway Theater / 7PM
STONES IN THE SUN (Haiti)

FRIDAY AUGUST 16

The New Parkway Theater / 7PM
GOD LOVES UGANDA (Uganda)

The New Parkway Theater / 9PM
DEAR MANDELA (South Africa)

Oakland School for the Arts Black Box Theater
Performance TBD

SATURDAY AUGUST 17

The New Parkway Theater / 5PM
STOLEN SEAS (Somalia)

The New Parkway Theater / 7PM
TOUBA (Senegal)

The New Parkway Theater / 9PM
Tey (Senegral)

The New Parish / 9PM
RICH WHO??
Closing Night Party w/
Rich Medina (Philadelphia)
w/ special guests

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marvtastic thanks to sponsors:

KQED - www.kqed.org/
ITVS - www.itvs.org/

One Bay Creative - www.onebaycreative.com
Tribune Tavern - www.tribunetavern.com

HUB OAKLAND - www.huboakland.net/
KPFA - www.kpfa.org/

Fusicology - http://fusicology.com/
Marcus Books - http://marcusbookstores.com/

Oakland Local - www.oaklandlocal.com/
The Waterfront Hotel - www.jdvhotels.com/

theREGISTRY - www.bayarearegistry.com
Fusicology - www.fusicology.com

 

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