In East African nations, matatu (Swahili) are privately owned minibuses or easily accessible share taxis. Often decorated with popular icons and sounds, matatu offer a means of travel and often, access to another world. We are impassioned by the belief that everyone has a spectacular story, and invite you to come aboard this year’s Matatu Film Festival, September 23-26, exploring some of the world’s most spectacular stories.
A film festival spotlighting “unique journeys regardless of age, geographical bounds, sexual preference, race, and socio-economic status”? Sounds like a plan! Check out the info we received from the peeps at Matatu Film Festival, which will take place in Oakland, CA, July 16-19.
After a successful inaugural edition last year, the Matatu Film Festival is scheduled to return to Oakland, California, next week from July 16th-19th. Named for the matatu, a popular East African mode of public transportation, the second installment of the festival promises an eclectic array of feature films, documentaries and shorts spotlighting “a unique journey regardless of age, geographical bounds, sexual preference, race, and socio-economic status.”
In Oakland: the second annual Matatu Film Festival, which takes its name from colorfully decorated mini-buses found in Kenya and other East African countries.
The reference suggests a focus on films from that region of the world. But while it is an international festival, it’s more interested in “matatu” as metaphor, presenting films as a way to transport the viewer to new places or points of view. Amid an overall strong program, one of the most timely entries is Mala Mala, a gritty yet joyful exploration of Puerto Rico’s trans community that makes great use of neon-lit streetscapes, a retro-synth score, and the oversized personalities of its subjects.
Check out the poster below for British filmmaker Nosa Igbinedion “Oya: Rise of the Orishas” – a project we’ve been following on this blog for about year, since the filmmaker took to crowdfunding to raise money to complete it.
Ethosheia Hylton stars in the film which will make its USA screening debut at the 2nd annual Matatu Film Festival in Oakland, CA, which runs from July 16 to 19, at The Flight Deck and Impact Hub.