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Matatu Film Festival

Broaklyn Film & Theater Co.

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM (PDT)

Oakland, CA

Matatu Film Festival

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Rich Medina Closing Party / 9PM
Tickets at The New Parish $5 b4 10PM
Ended $5.00 $1.27
Aujourd'Hui/Tey / 9PM
Tickets available at the theater
Ended $10.00 $1.54
Touba / 7PM)   more info Ended $10.00 $1.54
Stolen Seas / 5PM   more info Ended $10.00 $1.54

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TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE AT THE THEATER AND AT THE NEW PARISH.

Broaklyn Film & Theater Company proudly introduces the premier of the Matatu Film Festival in Oakland, California.

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 music and 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.

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special thanks to our sponsors:

KQED / ITVS / HUB Oakland / Tribune Tavern / The Waterfront Hotel / theREGISTRY / Fusicology


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AUGUST 15

STONES IN THE SUN (HAITI)
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER / 700PM
*Opening Night Film Selection

In the midst of increasing political violence, a young couple, two sisters, and a father and son are driven from Haiti to New York, where they must confront the truths of their interlocked pasts.corruption surrounding land use and rezoning.  Director: P. Benoit 



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AUGUST 16

GOD LOVES UGANDA (HAITI)
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER / 700PM

A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America's Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting sexual immorality and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow biblical law.  Director: Roger Ross Williams

 

DEAR MANDELA (SOUTH AFRICA)
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER / 930PM

When their shantytowns are threatened with mass eviction, three ‘young lions’ of South Africa’s new generation rise from the shacks and take their government to the highest court in the land, putting the promises of democracy to the test.  Director: Dara Kell & Christopher Nizza 


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AUGUST 17

STOLEN SEAS (SOMALIA)
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER / 300PM

Utilizing exclusive interviews and unparalleled access to real pirates, hostages, hostages' relatives, ship-owners, pirate negotiators and experts on piracy and international policy, Stolen Seas presents a chilling exploration of the Somali pirate phenomenon.their government to the highest court in the land.  Director: Thymaya Payne.

 

TOUBA (SENEGAL)
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER / 700PM (SPECIAL SCREENING)

'Touba' reveals a different face of Islam by chronicling Sufi Muslims' annual pilgrimage to the Senegalese city of Touba. With unprecedented access and dynamic 16mm cinematography, this poetic documentary takes us inside the Mouride Brotherhood--one of West Africa's most elusive organizations and one of the world's largest Sufi communities. Annually more than one million Mourides travel from all over the world to the holy city of Touba to pay homage to the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba in the pilgrimage known as the 'Grand Magaal.' Bamba's non-violent resistance to the French colonial persecution of Muslims in the late 19th century inspired a national movement and doctrine, freedom of religious expression through pacifism, still practiced by millions of his followers.  Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

 

TEY (SENEGAL)
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER / 900PM

Today is the last day of his life. He knows this to be true even though he is strong and healthy. Nonetheless Satché (played by American actor-musician Saül Williams) accepts his imminent death. Walking through the streets of his home town in Senegal he takes in the sites of his past as if he were looking at them for the last time: his parents’ house, his first love, the friends of his youth, his wife and children. Time and again he hears the same reproach: why didn’t he stay in America, where he would have a future? Satché encounters his final moments full of fear but also with a sense of joy. In his film, director Alain Gomis takes a well-worn topic in Senegalese cinema and turns it on its head: unlike other films, many of which choose to focus on emigration and neo-colonialism, Gomis’ work instead tells the story of a man who leaves America to return to the land of his birth. At first Satché’s fellow-Senegalese accompany him lovingly and treat him almost as if he were a saint, but as the day continues Satché discovers how malicious and greedy they can be. Several of the romantic memories he harboured from a distance turn out to be banal when he is face to face with them; nonetheless Satché’s encounter with this reality manages to bring him peace. [Berlin International Film Festival].  Director: Alain Gomis

 

RICH WHO?!? Chasing Africa w/ Rich MEDINA
THE NEW PARISH / 900PM

There are few nightclub DJs that have accomplished as much on a global scale as Rich Medina. From his humble beginnings as a young b-boy-turned-DJ in Lakewood, NJ, to his current status manning the decks as one of the most popular DJs in the world, Rich Medina has consistently taken multi-ethnic crowds on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul, unearthing one musical gem after another, for almost 20 years.  Rich introduced a new generation of people to Afrobeat music in 2001, with Jump N’ Funk, the first and most consistent US dance party dedicated to the late African musical icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.  In 2008, he also co-founded What The Funke, a James Brown/Fela Kuti tribute party with DJ Spinna. In addition to his own events, Rich has performed in front of crowds of thousands, DJing shows with global artists like Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Nathan Haines, Roy Ayers, Gil Scott-Heron, The Roots, Jill Scott, Antibalas, Zap Mama, and Femi Kuti. From NYC to LA to London to Tokyo, and everywhere in between, music lovers know not to miss a club night when Rich Medina is manning the decks.  Performing w/ DJ's KingMost, Nina Sol, & J Boogie


Matatu Film Festival w Rich Medina

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When & Where



The New Parkway Theater
474 24th St
Oakland, CA 94612

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM (PDT)


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Broaklyn Film & Theater Co.

Broaklyn Film & Theater Company is impassioned by the belief that everyone has a spectacular story regardless of geographical bounds, sexual preference, race, and socio-economic status. 

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