World soundtrack awards
Archived: Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018)

director: Steve Loveridge

composer: Dhani Harrison, Paul Hicks
With: M.I.A. a.o.

duration: 90 minutes
Music/Musical, Documentary

Sound and Vision
Film Fest Gent - Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

"An appropriately collage-like work that channels its subject's eclectic mash-up style, documentary 'Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.' offers a well-rounded portrait of rapper/artist/activist M.I.A. Born Mathangi Arulpragasam, aka Maya, she is perhaps best known for her song 'Paper Planes'." (The Hollywood Reporter)

"Loveridge's movie is a fantastic and kinetic fulfillment of Maya Arulpragasam's desire to be heard as more than an entertainer. Starting with her 2004 debut, M.I.A. beat an aesthetically game-changing and controversy-strewn path across pop culture, broadcasting her backstory as a Tamil revolutionary's refugee daughter who was trained in London art school and steeped in U.S. hip-hop. Her early aspiration of becoming a documentary filmmaker means Loveridge has a trove of electrifying pre- and post-fame footage to work with, which he uses for a smart, lively investigation of M.I.A.'s own vital themes: the lives of immigrants worldwide, the plight of the Sri Lankan people, and the question of whether pop stars can make effective political activists." (The Atlantic) 


director: Steve Loveridge
composer: Dhani Harrison, Paul Hicks
producer: Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey, Lori Cheatle
Editor: Marina Katz, Gabriel Rhodes

production company: Cinereach

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Eng subt.
Country: United States of America - United Kingdom - Sri Lanka
year: 2018


STEVE LOVERIDGE: No Experience Necessary (2002), Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018).

Technical Specs

format: DCP


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