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KARIMA: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A HENNA GIRL | October 12 | 7:00 PM | Starline Social
Following up on his stereotype-shattering photography series 'Kesh Angels' which depicts the girl biker gangs of Marakesh, the Artist Hassan Hajjaj spent time documenting "A Day In The Life Of Karima: A Henna Girl". The Marrakesh-set documentary follows Hajjaj's favorite 'Kesh Angel' character: Karima who is a mother, wife, artist, henna artist, local icon and graduate of what he calls "Jamaa Fena: the university of street life". Known for breezing through Marrakesh on her bike with her vibrant veils and textile abayas and djabellas fluttering in her wake, Karima is also a normal woman who works eight or ten hours a day. Though his film Hajjaj paints a more complex vision of contemporary Islamic gender roles.
TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH? | October 13 | 6:00 PM | California Institute of Integral Studies
MATATU walks with Isabelle Boni-Claverie's film, Too Black to be French? and artist, Jared McGriff to call to question how nationalism embedded in colonial narratives erases the dignity and value of multiple body politics. McGriff’s watercolor portraits of stigmatized US national symbols of Black womanhood evokes the fluidity of objectification rooted in racist dominant narratives of what is America.
INTERSECTIONS: ALICE STREET | October 13 | 7:15 PM | Red Bay Coffee
Intersections: Alice Street is intended to celebrate and build cultural resiliency in a rapidly changing Oakland. It centers on the crossroads of 14th and Alice--a unique site where arts and activism, history and development, and diasporic communities from Africa and China meet. The event will start with a screening of director Spencer Wilkinson's "Alice Street Short," a segment of a full-length film that documents the creation and defense of a monumental mural dedicated to elders from the city's many cultural groups. It will be followed by performances and a panel with artists and organizers featured in the film to discuss the Alice Street Mural, a model for the arts as a basis of coalitional and community-based development in an Oakland at the crossroads.
NASSER'S REPUBLIC: THE MAKING OF MODERN EGYPT | October 13 | 7:15 PM | Starline Social
A young Egyptian army officer leads a coup against his king, winning the support of millions of his countrymen. Over the next 18 years he becomes the most powerful leader of the Arab world, transforming it forever. Now that world confronts his legacy.
YRSA DALEY-WARD: ONE EVENING | October 13 | 9:30 PM | Starline Social Club
In this workshop performance, Yrsa shares her works in progress, and offer tools for attendees to document their own spectacular stories. YRSA DALEY-WARD is a writer and poet of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. Otherwise extraordinary, she is also known for two published collections of stories: On Snakes and Other Stories, as well as Bone.
HASNAA TAUHIDI: CELESTIAL GATE | October 14 | 7:00 PM | Red Bay Coffee
We invite you to engage in an alternate reality experience. Rather than focus on the notion of finding your separate place within the group, we are inspired by the possibility of exploring the concept of unified consciousness. We move beyond the polarity mindset of this or that to explore the paradox of the relative and the absolute. Meaning, we are separate individuals and we are the entire universe at the same time. Our vision is to allow you a moment to feel theloss of identity and experience self as just a lens through which the universe is experiencing itself. This performance requires active deep listening and the ability to temporarily suspend any judgment. Please join us for the journey.
MALI BLUES FT. FATOUMATA DIAWARA | October 14 | 7:15 PM | Starline Social Club
Alongside Fatoumata Diawara – the young shooting star of the global pop scene – we travel through breath-taking landscapes and discover Mali’s agitated heart from Bamako in the Southwest to the “Festival au Désert“ in northern Timbuktu. Fatoumata Diawara symbolizes a young generation of African women: energetic, strong-minded, confident and politically engaged. She is dedicated to unify all artists spread throughout Mali who feel threatened by sharia and want to defend their right to music as a human right against religious militants. Her idea is to arrange a “Mali All Stars Orchestra” which would play a concert at Festival au Désert“ in Timbuktu.
A SYRIAN LOVE STORY | October 14 | 9:OO PM | Starline Social Club
As a revolution sweeps through the area, Raghda and Amer, who met in a Syrian prison cell, find their love challenged by circumstance. In the five years the film shares with them, Syria is thrown into one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of our time. An intimate and unusually poignant love story from the epicentre of the war, about two people who love each other and their country more than anything else. Armer and Raghda's history is an important and deeply personal reminder that behind every news item there are people just like ourselves.
AMIR SULAIMAN: THE LOVER, THE LOVE & THE BELOVED | October 14 | 11:00 PM | Starline Social Club
"The Lover, The Love & The Beloved" is a love poem about the archetypical lover and the archetypical beloved and the love that binds them. More than it is a love poem about someone, it is a love poem about love itself as the why/how the universe was created and the why/how it is sustained. It is about love as the technology that Allah used and uses to create and maintain the universe. It is the Divine love that manifests in every sacred and profane matter and moment. The poem crosses the span of all time and all space, beginning in pre-universe and ending in post-existence; expanding to encase the stars and to the split the atoms. Love, Amir. I gained your love then lost my mind. what a bargain.
AYIBOBO! CREATIVE SYMPOSIUM | October 15 | 2:00 PM | Starline Social
Ayibobo is a Haitian colloquialism spoken in joy to exclaim glory or hallelujah! After three evenings of arthouse music, film & performance the MATATU Festival of Stories leads its closing day festivities with an afternoon of great music, new connections, and thoughtful conversation led by some of the world’s leading Afrofurists, Creators and Spiritual Practitioners. New Creatives & The Power of Imagination (3:00 - 4:30 PM) Shadi Rahimi, Damani Baker, King Britt + Emotional Intelligence: How Energy is the New Currency (5:00 - 6:30 PM) Hasnaa Tauhidi, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Amir Sulaiman + Disc Jockey's in the Lounge DJ Lady Ryan DJ Red Corvette
KING BRITT: TO UNPROTECT & SUBSERVE: A SONIC RESPONSE | October 15 | 9:00 PM | Starline Social
During the Ferguson protests in 2014, King Britt produced an impromptu performance for Black Lives Matter, organized by Cheeraz Gorman in St Louis. The performance consisted of an improvised electronic score to footage from past protests around the incident. As police violence against African-Americans has remained in the public eye internationally, King revisited the presentation last year for Afrofuturism Now! at WORM in Rotterdam, curated by Rasheedah Phillips of Afrofuturist Affair. Utilizing found sounds, dispatch recordings from police communication, and original sound design, MATATU is pleased to present King Britt, in the third improvisational performance of Unprotect and Subserve.