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  • Starring: M.I.A.
  • Director: Stephen Loveridge
  • Genre(s): Biography, Music, Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 96 min.

Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, 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. Never one to compromise on her vision, Maya kept her camera rolling throughout.

"Far from a hagiography or a sterile playlist doc, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. is an uncompromising look at an artist who always refused to play by the script others laid out for her. "
- Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage
"[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."
- Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic


  • Friday, 10/26 tbd