SYNOPSIS

Drawn from a cache of personal tapes shot by Maya and her closest friends over the last 22 years, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. captures Maya’s remarkable journey from immigrant teenager in London to international pop star M.I.A. She 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 Steve Loveridge situates us inside the personal process of one of the most provocative artists working in music today.

CREDITS

DIRECTOR: Steve Loveridge
PRODUCERS: Lori Cheatle, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Phillip Engelhorn, Michael Raisler
EDITOR: Marina Katz, Gabriel Rhodes
MUSIC SUPERVISOR: Travy McKnight
COMPOSERS: Dhani Harrison, Paul Hicks
DISTRIBUTOR: Cinreach, Dogwoof, Netflix International
RELEASE DATE: 2018

AWARDS

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: World Cinema Documentary Jury Award
GRIERSON AWARDS: Special Commendation
IDA AWARDS: Best Music Documentary, Best Composer Nominee
CINEMA EYE HONORS: Winner Unforgettables (M.I.A.), Audience Award Nominee
OPENING NIGHT FILM: New Directors/New Films

PRESS

“Fascinating and insightful…an extraordinary visual document that dives deep into the life of M.I.A.”
– Billboard

“2018’s most illuminating pop doc”
– The Guardian

“This is not a normal pop documentary, because M.I.A. is not a normal pop start.”
– The Atlantic

“It’s raw, rough, all over the place and completely uncensored — in other words, a perfect image of the restlessly innovative singer.”
– Rolling Stone