Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 36m
Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, long-time friend and director Steve Loveridge brings us Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
This startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicles her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.
She began as Matangi Arulpragasm. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s 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. 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 an ultra-confident voice of a multicultural youth.
One of the best features of Loveridge’s doc, is the wealth of frank, never-seen-before footage shot by M.I.A. herself. He memorably poses her the question, “Why are you so problematic?” and guides the audience through some possible answers that might explain his friend’s inconsistencies as she grapples with newfound pressures and responsibilities her fame brings.
A brilliant and bracing documentary, about a very important musical artist and activist.