Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.


Filmmaker: Steve Loveridge
Country: Sri Lanka / UK / USA
Length: 95 mins
Year: 2018
Format: HD

Sundance - Westwood


Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.

She began as Matangi. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, she hid from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled from every corner of her journey along the way; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering, ultra-confident voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth.

Never one to compromise on her vision, Maya kept her camera rolling throughout. MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today.


"Lively" - Screen Daily

"Entertainingly imperfect" - Variety 

"It's a thrill" ★★★★ - The Guardian

“Intimate, illuminating documentary” ★★★★ - Empire

“Ingenious” ★★★★- The Times

★★★★ - The Sunday Times

★★★★ - The Observer

★★★★ - Time Out

★★★★ - The Irish Times

★★★★ - The Scotsman

★★★★ - CineVue

★★★★ - The List

"Excellent documentary" - The Atlantic

“A vibrant and valuable study that gets satisfyingly under the skin of the refugee turned pop star” - Sight & Sound


Director: Steve Loveridge

Producers: Lori Cheatle, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey

Executive Producers: Philipp Engelhorn, Michael Raisler

Co Producer: Joshua Rappaport

Editors: Marina Katz, Gabriel Rhodes

Music Supervisor: Tracy McKnight



World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award - Sundance 2018

Best Music Documentary - IDA Awards 2018

 Jury Award Hera "Nuovi Talenti" in the International Competition - Biografilm Festival 2018



Sundance Film Festival 2018 

Berlinale Film Festival - Panorama 2018

True/False Film Festival 2018

CPH:DOX 2018

Sydney Film Festival 2018

Melbourne International Film Festival 2018

Indie Lisboa 2018

Istanbul Film Festival 2018

Beat Film Festival 2018

Encounters 2018

Docs Against Gravity 2018

Beldocs 2018

Jeonju International Film Festival 2018

DOKfest Munchen 2018

Transilvania International Film Festival 2018

Art Film Fest 2018

Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2018

Zurich Film Festival 2018