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Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

Stephen Loveridge, 96 min

Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States, 2018

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

From Tamil refugee to activist pop star. One of this year's best music films is told by the frontwoman of M.I.A. herself through decades' worth of video footage.

'Why are you such a troublesome pop star?' the director asks M.I.A., as she stands in the mist of a harbour filled with extras, who are meant to resemble boat refugees, during the making of a music video. 'Why...,' but she interrupts him: '... don't I just shut up?' There are many reasons. M.I.A. is not a celebrity who provokes for the sake of provoking. Her origins in civil war-torn Sri Lanka, her family's connections to a Tamil rebel group and her experiences as an immigrant in England have all formed M.I.A.'s need to express herself and interfere with the things that people don't want to hear about. First through the film medium. Then through music. In a combination of M.I.A.'s own video footage, which spans several decades, and newer material, we are given a unique look at the strong, sensitive and activistic person Matangi behind the superstar M.I.A. while she is up against the hysteria of pop culture, the media machine and endless political agendas. One of this year's best music films.

Screenings

Date Time Location

Thu. 15/03

21:15

Palads

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Thu. 15/03

21:40

Palads

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Sat. 17/03

22:00

Empire

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Fri. 23/03

21:15

Bremen Teater

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Director: Stephen Loveridge
Original Title: Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.
Country: Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States
Year: 2018
Running time: 96 min
Dialogue: English, Tamil
Subtitles: English
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Category: Music Politics
Tags: Feminism MusicFilms
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Producer: Lori Cheatle, Steve Loveridge, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey
World Sales: Dogwoof
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