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.

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COMPLETED

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


Sundance - Westwood

STORY

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.


press

"It's a thrill" ★★★★ - The Guardian

"Lively" - Screen Daily

"Excelllent documentary" - The Atlantic

 


credits

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


Awards

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award - Sundance 2018

 

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Sundance Film Festival 2018 2018

Berlinale Film Festival - Panorama 2018

True/False Film Festival 2018

CPH:DOX 2018

Sydney Film Festvial 2018