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.