The film, which won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will receive a wide release on September 28th.
Directed and produced by M.I.A.’s former college friend Steve Loveridge, the film uses archive footage to tell the story of her life, from living in Sri Lanka as a child right up to being sued by the NFL for flashing her middle finger during the Super Bowl.
The highly anticipated film chronicles the extraordinary rise to fame of M.I.A. and her outspoken voice for multiculturalism and human rights.
The preview paints an intense and powerful picture of the acclaimed artist and human rights advocate.
Over clips of her family, video shoots, and performances, M.I.A. talks about leaving civil war-torn Sri Lanka to live life as a refugee in Britain, using music as her “medicine” along the way. Though the trailer mostly uses M.I.A.’s own music as the soundtrack, Paul Hicks and Dhani Harrison provided the movie’s score.
Check out the trailer for M.I.A.’s new documentary.
Activist, mother, and style icon Maya Arulpragasam has been nominated for an Academy Award for Slumdog Millionaire, a Grammy Award and The Mercury Prize. Raised in Sri Lanka, an 11-year-old Arulpragasam immigrated to the U.K. with her mother and siblings to escape the violence of Civil War. Hers is an inspiring story of identity, creativity and resilience.
Drawn from a cache of never-before-seen personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is an intimate and eye-opening profile of M.I.A.‘s remarkable trajectory from young Tamil refugee to global pop star.
The film originally premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award, and has since screened at festivals across the U.S. including opening New Directors/New Films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and internationally at Berlin International Film Festival, Hotdocs and beyond.
The film is scored by Paul Hicks and George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison.