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
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.
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
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
Sydney Film Festival 2018
Melbourne International Film Festival 2018
Indie Lisboa 2018
Istanbul Film Festival 2018
Beat Film Festival 2018
Docs Against Gravity 2018
Jeonju International Film Festival 2018
DOKfest Munchen 2018
Transilvania International Film Festival 2018
Art Film Fest 2018
Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2018