MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

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Sri Lanka | 2018 | 94 minutes | Stephen Loveridge

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The world of musician, activist, provocateur, and Sri Lankan immigrant M.I.A. is revealed through decades of previously-unseen personal diaries which anchor a kinetic documentary that is every bit as unconventional and uncompromising as the international hip-hop star herself.

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The Sri Lankan Tamil songwriter Maya Arulpragasam, better known by her nom de guerre M.I.A., rose from a refugee upbringing in London to become one of popular music's most subversive voices. Inextricably linking her electronic-infused hip-hop to militant solidarity with the world's displaced and oppressed, M.I.A. has consistently broken norms and courted controversy. Cutting together decades of footage often recorded by Arulpragasam herself, director Stephen Loveridge captures a near autobiographical record of the rapper's genesis, artistry, and politics. We see how her rise to stardom never abandons her revolutionary spirit, creating friction as the roiled music industry and media attempt to rein her in. Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. is no mere biopic, but a powerful manifesto of an artist's all-too relevant battle to speak her truth.

  • Director: Stephen Loveridge
  • Principal Cast: Maya Arulpragasam
  • Country: Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Lori Cheatle, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey
  • Editors: Marina Katz, Gabriel Rhodes
  • Music: Tracy McKnight, Dhani Harrison, Paul Hicks
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English