Acid Western 'Zerzura' Brings its Search for a Mythical Oasis to Oakland

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Feature length 'Zerzura' is one part folklore, one part surrealism, and one part acid western.

The Starline Social Club in Oakland is often host to live music and DJ sets, but next week, the Matatu Film Festival presents the film Zerzura, a surreal ethno-fictional journey to find the mythical oasis that bears the same name.

Mixing folk tales with documentary, the Nigerian-made film features a local cast of non-actors with improvised performances set to the narration and acoustic guitar of the film’s protagonist Ahmoudou Madassane. It's been referred to as an "acid western," so come prepared to take a trip in maybe more ways than one.

The film Zerzura screens with performances from Madassane with desert blues guitarist Mdou Moctar on Thursday, May 24, at the Starline Social Club in Oakland. Details here