Sundance award-winning documentary on controversial musician/artist M.I.A., drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades.... More

"M.I.A. created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled inspiration from every corner of her journey: a sonic sketchbook that blends Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats, and the voice of multicultural youth. Maya kept the camera rolling through her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame grew around the world. Filmmaker and longtime friend Stephen Loveridge situates us inside the personal process of one of the most provocative and divisive artists working in music today." (Sundance Film FestivalHide

  • Winner of the Special Jury Prize (World Cinema - Documentary), 2018 Sundance Film Festival

  • Directed by Steve Loveridge ('No Experience Necessary')

    Starring M.I.A.

    • Documentary, Music, Festival & Independent
    • 90mins
    • Rating: MA15+ Strong themes and violence
    • USA, UK

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BY arlomclean superstar

Insightful, powerful, political, MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. Is an astoundingly interesting and engaging documentary that I recommend to fans of M.I.A. and people unfamiliar with her. I guarantee after seeing this you will become a fan.

The Press Reviews

  • The director and subject struggle to say everything about globalism, fame, identity and whatever else comes into their heads, until the film is at risk of saying nothing much at all. Full Review

  • What distinguishes Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. from the crowd is its extensive access to the controversial artist, and the strong impression that she isn't terribly likeable, nor terribly keen to be liked. Full Review

  • [Stephen] Loveridge's movie is a fantastic and kinetic fulfillment of Maya Arulpragasam's desire, back then, to be heard as more than an entertainer. Full Review

  • The film comes from a place of deep admiration for MIA, but unlike more fawning biographies, it makes a convincing case that this admiration is well earned. Full Review

  • It's a film as compellingly all over the shop as its subject, even if it doesn't quite have her beat on stylistic verve and risk. Full Review

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