“If you’ve got access to a microphone, please use it to say something,”
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. documents the life and times of refugee-turned-pop star M.I.A., born Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasm. As the daughter of Tamil revolutionary Arul Pragasam, a young Maya fled Sri Lanka to escape the country’s civil war. Director Steve Loveridge chronicles the evolution from young girl to controversial pop-music pioneer in a film cut from more than 700 hours of personal footage. The film describes itself as “a sonic sketchbook that [blends] Tamil politics, Art school punk, hip-hop beats and the voice of multicultural youth.”
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. debuts in U.K. theaters on September 21 and in the U.S. a week later.